Today we welcomed a very special guide to the Hazelhut: Luigi - an expert on the Fagetta Depressa di Lago di Vico.
When we arrived we encountered some researchers from the local university. They were on the look out for very rare insects.
Luigi explained the geography of the area. It turns out that we were standing in a volcanic crater looking at this map!
Then he told us about some of the biggest trees in the forest. We measured one and it was 5 metres in circumference, another was more than 6!
Then we met the Pinocchio tree, or the 'Panciona' tree.
We also saw insect and bat houses, a protected plant called 'pungitopo' and these strange sculptures!
Then we raced back for lunch!
The children LOVED their home-made panini!
But they seemed to love the play area even more!
Next we drove up to a local beauty spot to enjoy the view and learn a little more local geography!
Then we headed back for a much needed dip in the pool!
In the evening we had the much desired falò with the correct pizzas at last!!!!