Alpine Garden of Pietra Corva

Born to present the typical flora of the Apennines, Alps and more distant mountain ranges, it has become one of the most important botanical gardens in Italy.

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The Alpine Garden of Pietra Corva is one of the most important botanical gardens in Italy and located within the Municipality of Romagnese.
Born in 1967 from the idea of Dr. Ridella who, passionate about botany, wanted to create a botanical garden in Romagnese, which would not only present the typical Apennine flora, but also Alpine and even more distant mountain ranges; in fact, from his foreign travels on mountain ranges such as the Andes and the Pyrenees, he brought plants that can still be seen now (many have disappeared, being non-native).

The Garden can be visited from April to October, and the most interesting time to observe the many blooms is between May - June.

The symbolic flower of the Garden is the Fritillaria, belonging to the Liliaceae, which is recognized for its purplish bell-shaped flower, with petals flecked with white. It can be visible both inside the Garden and in the surrounding areas, where it is possible to make beautiful walks immersed in the beech forest, in the woods, up to the top of Pietra Corva, or Pan per due (Panperduto) where you can see the Black Stones, so called for their characteristic color being of volcanic origin.
The Alpine Garden Pietra Corva became SIC in 2019 (Site of Community Interest) recognized by the European Union and is managed by the Province of Pavia through an agreement that binds the provincial body, the Municipality of Romagnese and the Oltrepò Pavese Mountain Community.

Between 2021 and 2022 the Alpine Garden of Pietra Corva underwent an important renovation thanks to funds obtained from the Lombardy Region which allowed an adaptation of both the internal structures and the experiential side with a whole new concept of visiting the site with affixing tablets and information panels within the site.

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