Parco Agricolo della Piana
Palazzo B, via di Novoli, 26, Prato, Toscana
Phone: +39 055 4383954 - Fax: +39 055 4383116
Surface: 7000 ha - Population: 800.000
Number of municipalities: 16
Parco Agricolo della Piana
This park is still in training and affects a significant proportion of so called "Piana Fiorentina", an area consisting of a set of agricultural, natural or intended to green and environmental compensation areas that extends from north-west of Florence to Prato, affecting 8 municipalities and 2 provinces.
The Park is a great "green infrastructure" that develops between the urban edge, historic centers, production and research centers and some infrastructures of national importance such as Peretola airport and two national highways.
In this area there are many important companies and manufacturing industries, (it’s the fifth Italian industrial center). Here is produced 1/3 of the wealth of Tuscany. There are also many urban centers that have developed quickly and without proper planning since the mid-fifties of the twentieth century.
Characters of the agricultural land in the “Piana”
Landscape of the Piana has a rural connotation and it’s characterized by arable land. The evolution of this area, influenced by urban pressure, gave rise to an "urbanized countryside" in which rural parts, physical and functional continuous to urban areas, parts of the original texture and its agrarian landscape feature are still recognizable.
Naturalness and ecological features
Within the agricultural areas of the Park there are sites of ecological interest. They consist largely of wetlands, the typical habitat of a flood plain, that became Regional Sites and / or ANPIL, mainly managed by the WWF in agreement with government.
A park rich in history
The Park is rich in heritage of great historical, architectural and archaeological heritage (of public and private property), consisting of villas, churches, farm buildings of historic interest, archaeological sites and historic roads of various ages. Some of these goods have yet to be restored, enhanced and made available for citizenship.
Facilities and Services
The main activities are carried out not only by the government, but also by voluntary associations that organize events in the Park and visits to cultural and environmental emergencies present in these areas. The park will be provided with documentation and reception points scattered throughout the territory that will increase the existing structures.
Tuscany Region approved the Master Plan of the Park in 2010 and pledged 11 million euro for implementation of interventions aimed at enhancing its infrastructure and focusing on the theme of green connections and slow mobility. All of these to allow an unitarian use of this area.