National parks, the top 10 protected areas in Italy

The protected areas are a priceless heritage for a country, so we recommend the 10 most suggestive national parks in Italy, 10 enchanting destinations especially for who likes ecotourism.

Italy is the right place for a tour of protected areas, in fact 5% of the national territory comprises natural areas; let involve you by the following pictures and come to see these amazing places.

Cinque Terre National Park

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The thousands kilometers of terraces that characterize the Cinque Terre (the smallest national park) is a cozy welcome for luxury tourists. The National Park of the Cinque Terre has a coastal zone and marine area, where the mountains overlooking the sea allow a breathtaking view. Here the horizon looks like a painting and the colors shades are incomparable.

Sila National Park

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Among the National Parks, the Sila is the record holder for the number of woods, especially beech and Silane pine trees (known as Laricio), is a protected area rich in rivers and artificial lakes, as well as archaeological finds dating back to Neolithic Era.

The Sila National Park is located in Calabria and is recommended for activities such as hiking, horseback riding, cross country skiing and birdwatching.

Gran Sasso and Monti della Laga National Park

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Mostly settled in Abruzzo and partially in Lazio and Marche, the Gran Sasso Park is one of the most extensive and richest with regard to plant and animal species, our advice is to take the Grand Highway (Strada Maestra del Parco), the path at the edge of the Gran Sasso and Laga mountain range, because it passes through some of the most charming views of the whole Park and you can travel the area on foot, by car, motorbike or bicycle.

Alta Valsesia Natural Park

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Piedmont, among the many touristic attractions, has the Alta Valsesia Natural Park, the highest protected area in Europe (4554 meters) characterized by a glacial morphology and an alpine microclimate.
Do not miss the Ecomuseum of Valsesia, a museum complex distributed at various venues, dedicated to the Walser community, the people living in this area since the VIII century.

Natural Park of the Ampezzo Dolomites

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The Dolomites are a landmark for the holidays at high altitude and Cortina d’Ampezzo, known as the “Queen of the Dolomites”, is a very popular destination for many reasons, for example skiing and luxury shopping.

The park is the backdrop to Cortina and is a symbol of exclusiveness, due to the beauty and rarity of the species of flowers that are found there.

Combine your excursion with a relaxing stay in the most sought-after location by VIPs and personages.

Natural Park of the Friulian Dolomites

 

Parco-Naturale-delle-Dolomiti-Friulane If you want to explore a protected area where the landscape remained completely unaltered over the centuries, think about a trip to the Friulian Dolomites, in Friuli-Venezia Giulia, in this park with no villages and the panorama is defined by high mountains and large valleys. It is a slice of Heaven where you can frequently see chamois, marmots, deer and the beautiful golden eagle.

Monti Sibillini National Park

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In the heart of Italy, between Marche and Umbria, stands the massive Monti Sibillini which owes their name to Sybil Alcyna, who according to legend was able to predict the future.

One of the most breathtaking places in the Park is without doubt the Gole dell’Infernaccio, ideal for walking especially in the warmer seasons: look for the Hidden Falls, you will not be disappointed.

Gargano National Park

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Have you ever heard about the Spur of Italy? It is the name given to this area of Apulia where lies the Gargano National Park, a stunning place to discover following the guided thematic tours.
Among the available routes we mention “The hermitages of silence” (dedicated to the refuges of the ancient hermit monks) and “The Gargano Masserias” (Apulia typical farmhouses built between the XVIII and XIX century).

Gran Paradiso National Park

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It is the oldest of the Italian national parks and is located in Valle d’Aosta, its mountains have been shaped over the centuries by streams and glaciers. This is the perfect destination for lovers of climbing, as the Gran Paradiso is the highest peak in Italy.

Stelvio National Park

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Born to promote sustainable tourism, the Stelvio National Park covers part of Lombardy and Trentino-Alto Adige, includes an extensive land of forests, hamlets and mountain masi (Trentino typical rural dwellings).
One of the must see are the thousand-year old larches in Val d’Ultimo, the tallestt tree reaches 28 meters!

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