Matese Regional Park
Province of Caserta, Italy
About Matese Regional Park
The Matese regional park is a protected natural area of Campania established by regional law n. 33 of 1993. It only came into operation in 2002. The park covers an area of 33,326.53 hectares. The park's territory mainly includes the Matese mountain massif. The highest limestone mountains are Mount Miletto (2050m asl), Mount Gallinola and Mount Mutria. The park takes its name from the Matese lake, while another important lake is that of Gallo with the park being crossed by two rivers: the Tite
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The Matese Lake is the lake in nature karst higher d ' Italy, at the foot of Mount Miletto and Mount Gallinola in the mountain range of the Matese, in the municipalities of San Gregorio Matese and Castello del Matese in the province of Caserta. It has no tributaries but is filled with waters coming from the melting of the snows of Mount Miletto and Gallinola Matese and from some perennial springs.
Monte Miletto is the highest peak of the Matese massif and the entire Appennino Sannita, the northernmost spur of the Southern Apennines. The Matese massif is enclosed by the valley of the Volturno river and the Molisan Pre- or Sub-Apennines. From the summit, the view goes over the Tribulani mountains, the Taburno Camposauro massif, Le Mainarde and, to the north-west, the peaks of the Majella massif.
The Matese massif is a mountainous massif of the Samnite Apennines, included in two regions and four provinces. the history of this mountainous complex begins over 25 centuries ago by the first inhabitants of Italic origin, while the Greek colonists who, despite having such an impact on the populations of the plains, had little influence on the inhabitants of the Matese.
Campitello Matese is a fraction of the municipality of San Massimo, a renowned center of winter sports of ' Southern Italy. The mountain group is part of the Matese, a karst area with woods, caves, panoramas, fossils, and more. Various sports are practiced on these mountains, from skiing to mountain biking, rock climbing, up to paragliding.
The upstream Mutria is a top of the Matese . It is located on the border between Molise and Campania. It has a long terminal ridge on the east - west axis , about 5 km long, consisting of seven limestone ridges that appear bare and with outcropping rocks. Between one rump and the other there are large clearings and meadows, used for grazing sheep and horses in the summer months. Lower down there are large beech woods that become more and more dense as you go down.
The Gallo lake is an artificial lake on the border between Italy and Switzerland; at the southern end of the lake is the town of Livigno. A small part of the northern end of the lake is in Swiss territory and in this point there is the dam built by the Swiss hydroelectric company Engadiner Kraftwerke AG, therefore half in Swiss territory and a half in Italian territory.
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Molise is situated in south-central Italy and lies between the Apennine ridge and the Adriatic Sea. Nature, history, art, age-old traditions and good food are the treasures of this still largely-undiscovered region. It reveals unexpected and magnificent landscapes, while the many nature reserves protect the vegetable and animal species representative of this area.