Appiano is a large municipality comprising a large number of living creatures.
Appiano stretches from 240 to 1,000 m asl, which means that it also comprises a diversified flora and fauna. One of the most beautiful areas of the municipality is the forest of Monticolo. The pine-wood and mixed forest is a beautiful hiking area, also mountain bikers can choose from a variety of trails. About 100 hectares of the forest of Monticolo and two famous lakes are located in a biotope, that is to say in a protected area, in which a rich variety of plant and tree species can burgeon. The forest comprises pines and downy oaks, firs and spruces as well as umpteen chestnut trees, beeches, sweet cherries and linden trees.
A further highlight of nature are the ancient trees of Appiano. Often in the parks of castles and residences, such as at Castel Gandegg, Castel Freudenstein and Wickenburg in Pigenò, you can admire sequoias, cedars, linden trees, beeches, maple trees or oaks. Close to Castel Matschatsch, there is by the way one of the highest trees of South Tyrol. A 50 m high sequoia and an enormous beech (30 m high, perimeter of the tree trunk 3.6 m) stand in the forest, diffusing graceful tranquility.
In Appiano Monte, next to the S. Valentino chapel, there is a 30 m high tree, while in the château park of Castel Freudenstein, there is a further sequoias rising into the sky. The hare-wood in the garden of Bad Turmbach is also of graceful dimensions. The road of Missiano is lined by back-berries, above the Lechner mountain pasture at Predonico, there are two Scots pines, stealing the show to all the other trees.
At the Tratterhof tavern in Gaido, there is a sweet chestnut boasting a perimeter of a whopping 7 metres. Nature is of utmost importance to the inhabitants of Appiano and is more and more respected, appreciated and protected by the inhabitants and visitors.