The Mount Antola Regional Natural Park
The Mount Antola Natural Park was funded
by the Regional Law nmb. 12 as of 22/02/95 and the Park Plan
was approved with regional deliberation N° 42 as of 03/08/2001.
The Antola park area is one of the most beautiful and suggestive
zones in the Appennine and the Ligurian hinterland. It includes
two big valleys, the Scrivia and the Trebbia Valley and other
smaller ones but not less interesting such as the Vobbia
Valley, the Pentemina Valley, the Brevenna Valley, the Brugneto
Valley, the Cassingheno Valley and the Terenzone Valley.The
park borders Piedmont northward and Emilia Romagna southward
and it is made up of twelve Communes mountainous territories
: Busalla, Crocefieschi, Isola del Cantone, Ronco Scrivia,
Savignone, Valbrevenna and Vobbia in the Scrivia Valley,
Fascia, Gorreto, Propata, Rondanina and Torriglia in the
The park area is dominated
by the Mount Antola top (1597 mt.) which name comes
from Greek "anthos" meaning “flower”.
As a matter of fact the flowerings which cover the
lawns below the peak from April to July are fascinating:
narcissuses, orchids, gentians, lilies, buttercups
and dozens of other varieties. The Mount Antolais the
favourite destination of Genoese people and was already
known and frequented
in the Middle Ages.
From the top of the mountain we can admire an incomparable
panorama that spaces 360° on the boundless horizon:
you can perceive the ships docked in Genoa Port and the
West coast lights at sunset time; one can even
see the Corsica Island and the Tuscan archipelago Islands
and the Apuane Alps appear on the left. Westwards there
are other valleys that introduce us to the Maritime Alps
and one can see the whole mountainous system up to the
On the background of a sea-like plain, between
the Appennines and the Alps, the Mount Monviso peaks
as well as the Mount Bianco and the Mount Rosa peaks
During the centuries the Mount Antola, finding itself on
the ridge that joins the Upper Scrivia Valley to the Upper
Trebbia Valley, has been an important extra-regional crossroad,
letting the inhabitants of the two valleys move seasonally
and make commercial and cultural exchanges.
According to the dispositions of the Park Plan the protected
areas of the Mount Antola are three:
:: Zone B or “General oriented reserve”.
Zone B includes only one area: the zone of the Reopasso Rocche
:: Zone C or “Area of protection”.
It’s the widest part of the park, the one with high
naturalistic and environmental value connected to particular
cultural forms, agricultural productions and settlement patterns.
:: Zone D or “Development area”.
The Development areas are the ones with elevated naturalistic
values and presence of structures destined to activities
and services. These zones are:
- The area of the Mount Reale top.
- The Vobbia stream and the Stone Castle .
- The Valbrevenna ecomuseum.
- The area of the Mount Antola top and its mountain
- The Brugneto Lake.
- The of Casa del Romano’s astronomic observatory.
Adjoining zones functionally connected to the park area.
They are portions of territory functionally connected to
the protected area although they are not part of it. Among
these zones one finds the villages Pentema , Senarega and