About Us

The Acquerino Cantagallo Association is a non-profit volunteer organization. We are committed to the protection and development of the Acquerino Cantagallo Nature Reserve and the surrounding areas. We organize many activities embracing social solidarity and the development of this natural heritage site.
More than anything, we are a group of friends, but in 2016 we established a volunteer association to promote the reserve.
Every one of us has their own skills and different interests, but there's one big passion that keeps us all united: the love for our land.
Education, solidarity, respect, conservation: we strongly believe in these values and we always make sure they are at the centre of our work.
We have a strong sense of community and we like to involve our members by inviting them to offer their valuable help.
Let's get to know each other

The Association

The Acquerino Cantagallo Association was founded by a group of friends who are passionate about their local area. Over the years, a diverse network of people has grown but we have maintained the aims of promoting and rediscovering our beloved mountainous lands. Come and meet us and discover more about the Association.

The Association

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What We Do

We are committed to the development and protection of nature and the environment through various kinds of activities aimed at understanding the botanical and wildlife heritage of the reserve.
We organize educational and outreach activities, training and communication via our social networks, publications, exhibitions and meetings which cover the Association’s main interests.
We organize activities to promote the area and we contribute to the development of sustainable tourism, with the aim of enhancing and expanding people’s knowledge of the area's resources and attractions.
We support projects involving the environment and activities in the area, including studies and research, hiking trail projects and related facilities.
We contribute to the conservation, improvement and management of mountain huts for hiking activities, through the development of community experiences at one with nature.
We carry out regular path and facility maintenance, including installing vertical and horizontal signposting and promoting an ecological culture.
Protection of the Land

Our Mission

The Association is a non-profit organization and exclusively focuses on the protection and development of the Acquerino Cantagallo Nature Reserve and the surrounding areas. Through our initiatives we want to protect and develop the natural heritage site and our land. Discover our mission!

Our Mission

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Discovering the Land

Our Guides

If you want to go hiking in the Acquerino Cantagallo Nature Reserve, and at the same time get to know more about its history and characteristics, you can count on one of our guides.

Our Guides

Paolo Novellini
Guida ambientale escursionistica / Environmental hiking guide
Francesca Risaliti
Guida ambientale escursionistica / Environmental hiking guide

Become a Member

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The Acquerino Cantagallo Association needs your help. We are looking for supporters that not only want to participate in our activities, but also want to help the Acquerino Cantagallo community grown to protect and develop the reserve. You can join our team too!

Become a Member

Discover the Nature Reserve

The Acquerino Cantagallo Nature Reserve is a protected natural area located in the heart of the Apennine Mountains. The nature reserve is a magical place where you can re-discover the beauty of being at one with nature. Discover all the wonders in the nature reserve!

Nature in the Reserve

The reserve’s untouched nature represents an invaluable heritage for our area. You will walk through beech, chestnut and ancient trees forests, surrounded by the silence and the magical atmosphere of this place. Immerse yourself in the nature of the Acquerino Cantagallo Nature Reserve!

The Wildlife of the Reserve

The reserve has an important natural heritage thanks to its rich biodiversity. Here, you can find numerous types of species: deer, wild boars, foxes, wolves and many other animals, as well as a large bird population. Discover all the animals that live in the Acquerino Cantagallo Nature Reserve!

Come and find us at Casa Bastone

The Acquerino Cantagallo Association manages Casa Bastone. The house, with its red windows, looks over the city of Prato below. Come and admire the view from the terrace and spend a wonderful day in nature, experiencing the peacefulness and sharing all the beautiful things that this magical place has to offer.
The App of the Association

The Acquerino Cantagallo App

The Acquerino Cantagallo App! Now available in a renewed version with more content and information. Set off to discover the “Giro dei 5 Rifugi”, the “Giro dei Castagneti” and the “Anello del Cigno Bianco”, three unique itineraries that combine history and nature through the typical elements of our territory. The App is available for free on Android and iOS.

Discover the App

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Photo gallery

Photos from the Reserve

Discover the latest news

The Acquerino Blog

Contact Us

If you have any questions, suggestions or you would like to know more about the territory, our association and our activities, feel free to contact us. The Acquerino Cantagallo Association is always ready to welcome ideas and suggestions and answer your requests. Find out all the ways you can contact us!

Get In Touch

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