important city famous mostly for the flourishing textile industry, Prato
has in the recent years become an independent province. The territory
which falls within its administrative limits is not very big but, from
an environmental point of view, it is rich and varied, with some prestigious
naturalist areas. Among these are to be noted ; Monte Ferrato, of volcanic
origins, the backbone of Monte Javello, the Apennine chain, with the extensive
beech woods which drop into the State forest of Acquerino, and the long
crest of the Calvana, travelled in the proposed itinerary.