Type of protected area - Where it is located
Typology: Regional Natural Park; established with L.R. April 2, 1988, n. 11.
Emilia Romagna region
Provinces: Parma, Piacenza
The Stirone Natural Park protects a fluvial strip of the Stirone torrent about 14 km long, including its foothills and that of the high plain near Fidenza, in the province of Parma; the protected area occupies an area of approximately 2,473 hectares.
Black Stone - Stirone Park (photo www.parchi.parma.it)
This protected area is located along an important migration route for the fauna; of great interest are the precious deposits of fossils and paleontological finds found in the rocks of the Ligurian complexes engraved by the stream: walking along the riverbed one passes from the oldest, the lowest, to the most recent layers, in which it is easy to recognize the shapes of ancient shells. Riparian forests, arid grasslands with shrubs and cultivated areas complete the natural environments of the protected area thus offering different habitats to the fauna (including many mammals). The stream also attracts a rich birdlife, as well as hosting several species of fish, amphibians and reptiles typical of humid environments.
The Black Stone is a dark-colored rocky spur that stands out in the Stirone valley. It is an ophiolite, testimony of the most remote geological events that led to the formation of the Apennines; it represents, in fact, the remains of rocky materials that in the Jurassic formed the depths of the ancient Tetidean ocean.
Riverside of the Stirone torrent near Laurano - Parco dello Stirone (photo www.parchi.parma.it)
Information for the visit
Headquarters: Via Loschi, 5
43039 Salsomaggiore Terme (PR)