The tower park
Is thanks to the previous abandonment by the man, if the small park surrounding the Tower of Oriolo, can now enjoy a considerable degree of naturalness.
Right here in fact the natural vegetation includes several examples of typical plants and shrubs: among them the blackthorn (Prunus spinosa), hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna), the Dogwood and the Bladder.
In the undergrowth, however, bloom in spring violets, anemones, Periwinkles, Primroses and Lungworts. The south side entertains interesting spots of Pomegranate, Rosemary and Sage.
However, are mainly species of trees that awake particular interest: above to the typical essences of these hills, such as the Downy Oak (Quercus pubescens), the Oak (Quercus Petrae), the Field Maple and elm (Ulmus minor). Here are retained also old varieties of fruit: in addition to the more common plum (Prunus domestica), cherry (Prunus avium) and Fig (Ficus carica), several species of Pero foxy, typical culture of these areas in times gone by.
There are also a Laurel consisting of as many as eight drums (policormico), Azzeruolo (Crataegus azarolus) grafted on Hawthorn; and to dominate in height there are the four monumental Stone Pine (Pinus pinea).
THE PARK OF THE BROOM
A real oasis obtained from the naturalization of the onetime yellow sand pit. Among the countless broom plants can be observed every year the nesting of some specimens of the colorful bee-eater that, right here, he found his habitat for the summer season.
Still in the park and along its namesake trail, the sediments have yielded several fossils: a witness of the times in which, millions of years ago, this area was covered by the sea. In particular: in 1986 it was found the complete skull of a prehistoric elephant (Mammuthus meridionalis), the ancestor of the elephant.
This and other interesting fossils (such as the remains of ancient bisons, hippos and rhinos) are preserved at the Museum of Natural Sciences of Faenza.