Knowing the Park
The Valli del Cedra e del Parma Regional Park, better known as "Parco dei Cento Laghi
", protects about 26,000 ha in the eastern Apennine near Parma, near the provinces of Reggio-Emilia and Massa-Carrara.
The presence of the different altimetric levels (ranging between 400 and 1,650 m above sea level) guarantees a noteworthy variety of environments and a high biodiversity level.
An inviting and easily accessible medium-altitude mountain, where nature is the framework of mild agricultural landscapes and of many historical and cultural features (rural churches, castles…).
It is a lively and vital territory which man could make the most of by creating agricultural-food products that are appreciated all over the world: the most famous ones are the PDO Parmigiano Reggiano and the PDO Prosciutto di Parma.
It is a Park welcoming everybody, a natural corner and beautiful landscapes a few kilometers from the highly industrialized Po Valley.
Established in 1995 as "Parco di Crinale dell'Alta Val Parma e Cedra" to safeguard the Apennine's ridge, after the establishment of the Appennino Tosco-Emiliano National Park the Regional Park reconfigured its territory in 2009, expanding it towards the valley and adopting the new "mission" of enhancing the local typical products and the agricultural biodiversity.
Not only the safeguard of the beautiful environments rich in nature and almost completely uninhabited, but enhancement of the mountain rural landscape
, which is still in a good conservation status and rich in biodiversity, agriculture, typical products, culture and tourism