“An aesthetic emotion such as this surpasses any artistic effect whether conceptual or chromatic”. The vegetation inside the Estate and Park is summarized in this phrase. A flora that is characterized by the presence of different plant species able to bestow to our eyes a multitude of colors and tones.
The landscape is divided into three distinct areas. The low hill area, where the arboreal vegetation dominates the landscape – small wooded areas made up mainly of oak trees and a shrub area made up of wild blackthorn, heather and rose hip. The high hillarea consists of chestnut, turkey oak and conifer groves, hornbeam woods and grasslands that were once used for cultivation. And lastly the mountainous area, characterized by mixed groups of beech trees alternated by birch, quaking aspen and whitebeam.
There are many species of animals living on the Living Mountain which bring it to life and animate it with their calls.
From the many varieties of birds we find the woodpecker that seems to keep time with its tireless tapping. The buzzards, hawks, blackbirds, swallows and doves break the silence of the woods with their song.
Even the presence of several species of bats, some very rare, characterize the Living Mountain. One of these species is the Savi’s Bat, a very rare species in Italy, that transforms small crevices in rocks into their own personal refuge. As the night gets closer, keep your eyes peeled for the Mediterranean Horseshoe Bat intent on finding its meal.
At sunset, families of wild boars scatter in the clearings routing about all night in search of food.
You may also sight a fox or two, moving elegantly and covertly from one path to another making a barking sound, distinguishing themselves from the wolves. These latter, who after World War II risked extinction, are primarily nocturnal animals and live in the mountain areas.