I came across this unusual Modonna on my last trip to italy. It was in the middle of a national park in remote Tuscany. The tree was still alive !
The magnificent Orecchiella Natural Park lies half-hour drive from Piazza al Serchio, one of the principal Garfagnino towns. An easy walk from the Visitor Center leads one to the Botanical Garden, which highlights the Orecchiella’s floral diversity.
At over 1600m the Pania is one of the highest peaks in Tuscany, affording climbers with panoramic views of the Serchio river valley and the entire majestic Apuane Alps range.
The Orecchiella Park has a variety of rare flora, due to the fact that it is something of an alpine island within a warmer region. In addition it boasts an array of special fauna, including royal eagles, royal owls, hawks, deer and more recently introduced rams and wolves.