The Living Mountain is a story of family and tradition, a place created and regenerated for the pleasure of those who stay, live, and work at Il Ciocco.
The mountain at Il Ciocco has always been a place brimming with life. Hiking along it, you can find traces of the knowledgeable hand of man everywhere: the chestnut groves planted for fruits and wood, the terraced vineyards and olive groves, the ruins of old metati (small stone huts built in the woods to dry chestnuts that were then turned into flour) and the picturesque villages that tell of the love for the land and of migrations.
The Living Mountain extends for 600 hectares up to 1,100 metres above sea level between the Municipality of Barga and Fosciandora, on the border between Media Valle del Serchio and Alta Valle del Serchio (mid and upper valley). And it is actually the River Serchio that shapes the countryside with different characteristics, from the rugged Apuan slopes to the softer profile of the Tuscan-Emilian Apennines.
Covering land so varied leaves visitors speechless, the Park at Il Ciocco will present you with a unique show of colours at every step and at every season.
And of course, it is home to many animals that hide and rest in these woodlands. Enjoy birdwatching in Tuscany, listen to the sound of woodpeckers, venture into the forest on the traces of roe deer.
Exploring the Estate entails a breathtaking ascent along 7 levels of increasing altitude.