Gola del Furlo State Nature Reserve:
A Naturalistic Treasure with an Ancient History

Introduction to the Reserve

The Gola del Furlo Nature Reserve is a gem set in the heart of the Marche region. Characterized by breathtaking landscapes, this reserve is an authentic oasis of biodiversity that attracts nature lovers from all over the world to see the most popular species such as the Golden Eagle, which has been present in this area for centuries.

The Story of Creation

The history of the Furlo Gorge dates back to antiquity. In the days of the Roman Empire, Emperor Vespasian ordered the construction of a road, the “Flaminia,” to connect Rome with the Adriatic Sea. This road passed through a narrow natural gorge, which subsequently took the name of Furlo, derived from the Latin "Forulum" which means small hole or passage.

The Middle Ages and Beyond

Over the centuries, the Furlo Gorge has been the scene of many historical events. In the Middle Ages, the gorge was defended by a fortress built by Frederick Barbarossa. This rich and fascinating history is intertwined with epic events, making the place a tangible testimony to the past.

The Birth of the Reserve

The Furlo Gorge State Nature Reserve was established in 2001, recognizing the ecological and historical importance of the area. This decision not only protected the unique ecosystem but also preserved the thousand-year history inherent in its rocks and paths.

An Environmental Heritage

The reserve is home to a wealth of flora and fauna, many of which are protected species. From the majestic beech forests to the spectacular panoramic views, every corner offers a unique glimpse into the wild beauty of central Italy, and thanks to the expert guides "I Birders del Furlo" it is possible to learn the details of this unique heritage.

A Naturalistic Treasure

The reserve is an exceptional oasis of biodiversity. Crossed by the Candigliano river, it offers breathtaking landscapes, with deep gorges and rock formations that capture the imagination of anyone who visits it. The area is home to a rich variety of flora and fauna, making every excursion an opportunity to immerse yourself in nature's beauty.

Paths and Routes

Visitors can explore the reserve via an intricate network of hiking trails. Routes that wind through centuries-old woods, enchanting waterways and expanses of meadows offer an unparalleled experience, both for trekking lovers and for those who love cycling, but not only that, it is also possible to discover the Gorge with excursions on canoe inside the Candigliano river.

Guided Experiences

For those who want a more in-depth knowledge of the reserve, expert guides offer personalized excursions and visits to the local museum. These guided excursions reveal hidden secrets, fascinating stories about the local flora and fauna, and details on the thousand-year history of the Furlo Gorge, full of unique and extraordinary anecdotes.

Starting Point: Acqualagna

The picturesque village of Acqualagna, located on the edge of the reserve, often serves as a starting point for explorers. Known as the "Truffle Capital", Acqualagna offers not only a strategic point to start the adventure but also a delicious gastronomic break, for those who love to visit and taste the flavors of the Marche tradition.

Conservation and Sustainability

The reserve is also committed to conservation and sustainability. Projects dedicated to protecting the environment and promoting biodiversity ensure that this natural treasure can be enjoyed by future generations.

Exploring the Reserve with Marche and Bike

In this extraordinary context, Marche and Bike offers unique experiences. From e-bike rental to explore every corner of the reserve to guided excursions in search of the Acqualagna white truffle, the tour operator makes the Gola del Furlo Nature Reserve accessible to all thanks to inclusive services and means of transport suitable for wheelchair users .

The Gola del Furlo State Nature Reserve is a place where nature and history intertwine in a timeless dance.
A journey through this reserve is a complete experience, offering not only breathtaking views but also the chance to walk in the footsteps of the ancient Romans and medieval lords who shaped this unique land over the centuries.


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