Natural Reserve since 1977, the Foresta Umbra (Shade Forest) takes its name from the dense network of branches and leaves creating ample shades. The forest covers 10,000 hectares of beeches and ancient yews (even 2000 years old) and is divided into free access and restricted areas for the preservation of plants and animal species. The vegetation of the forest is subject to “macrosomatism” (here the plants grow larger than normal in search of light) and consequently some animal species, such as the Italian fawn , have a smaller size than the average.
Since 2017, the Umbra Forest Beech became a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Suggested for families with children a visit to the artificial lake, where in the neighborhood we can also find the area with wooden games and the area with deers.
The Gargano is a mountainous promontory in the northern part of Puglia. For its geographical location, surrounded on 3 sides…