15 National Parks in Italy that you should visit - With photos & details

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15 National Parks to explore in Italy

Located in Southern Europe consisting of a peninsula delimited by the Alps and surrounded by several islands.

Alta Murgia National ParkMetropolitan City of Bari, Italy

The Alta Murgia National Park, abbreviated to PnAM, is a national park established in 2004 located in Puglia, in the provinces of Bari and Barletta-Andria-Trani. The administrative headquarters of the Park are in Gravina in Puglia, in Via Firenze n. 10. The park has an extension of 68,033 hectares. It extends in the highest part of the north-west Murge plateau.  It coincides with a part of the largest special protection area established to protect the steppe to grasses, the habitat of the lesser

Aspromonte National ParkVia Aurora, 89057 Santo Stefano in Aspromonte RC, Italy

The Aspromonte National Park is a national park located within the metropolitan city of Reggio Calabria, taking its name from the Aspromonte Massif.  The park's territory, crossed by several watercourses, is populated by important animal species like the wolf, the peregrine falcon, the eagle owl, and the goshawk. Most of the territory is dominated by forests of beech trees, silver firs, black pines, holm oaks, chestnut trees, and Mediterranean maquis. A couple of rare species live here: Bonelli'

The national park of Cilento, Vallo di Diano and Alburni is a national park established in 1991, while in 1995 the body for its management was established. The protected natural area of about 36 000 hectares, entirely included in the province of Salerno, was subsequently extended to bring its surface to 181 048 hectares, corresponding today to the southern part of the province, between the Sele plain to the north, the Basilicatato the east and south and the Tyrrhenian Sea to the west.

The National Park of the Casentinesi Forests, Monte Falterona and Campigna is a national park established in 1993, located in the Tuscan-Romagna Apennines, along the border of the Emilia-Romagna and Tuscany regions, between the provinces of Forlì-Cesena, Arezzo and Florence. Since 23 September 1985 the RNI of Sasso Fratino has been awarded the Diploma of Protected Areas of the Council of Europe, while on 7 July 2017, in Krakow.

Gargano National ParkProvince of Foggia, Italy

The Gargano National Park Covering more than 120,000 hectares, the Gargano National Park is well worth exploring, with its ancient forests and islands bathed in crystal-clear waters. The Park harbors several protected areas, including the Marine Reserve of the Tremiti Islands, an area unlike anywhere else thanks to the extraordinary beauty of its sea beds and natural caves. Inland, the Gargano promontory is home to the last pocket of the verdant Umbra Forest, which was already a vast habitat in

A majestic national park which has an area of 50.000 hectares, with about 80.000 hectares of the buffer zone.  The scenery here is characterized by mountain chains, karst phenomena, rivers (including the Sangro River), and streams and its rich flora and fauna increase the beauty of this national park.

Parco Nazionale dell'Appennino Lucano Val d'Agri - LagonegreseVia Alessandro Manzoni, 1, 85052 Marsico Nuovo PZ, Italy

The Appennino Lucano Val d'Agri Lagonegrese National Park is a national park located in Basilicata and established in 2007 and is, in chronological order, the penultimate Italian national park to have been established.  The park has an extension of 68 996 hectares along the Lucan Apennines, includes 29 municipalities in Basilicata and 9 mountain communities.  The territory is rich in woods. From the vegetational and floristic point of view, the lower altitudinal belt presents the evergreen oak w

The Gran Paradiso National Park is the oldest national park in Italy, established on December 3, 1922, located between the Valle d'Aosta and Piedmont regions, around to the Gran Paradiso massif, managed by the Gran Paradiso National Park Authority, based in Turin. Extending over an area of ​​71,043.79 hectares, on mainly mountainous terrain, on the French side it borders the Vanoise National Park.

The Pollino National Park,  located between Basilicata and Calabria between the provinces of Cosenza, Potenza and Matera, with its 192 565 hectares, of which 88 650 on the Lucan side and 103 915 in the Calabrian one, is the largest national park in Italy; takes its name from the mountain massif of the same name. Since November 2015, with the inclusion in the global list of geoparks by the UNESCO, the Pollino park is considered a world heritage site.

Riserva MAB Appennino Tosco-EmilianoVia Val D'enza, 31A, 42020 Vetto RE, Italy

The National Park of the Tuscan-Emilian Apennines is a national park that was established by decree of the President of the Republic on 21 May 2001. Its territory extends for over 22,000 hectares along the Apennine ridge between Emilia-Romagna and Tuscany, involving the provinces of Massa-Carrara, Lucca, Reggio Emilia, and Parma.  It includes lakes, waterfalls, streams that are enclosed by rocky walls. Wild animals like the wolf, the mouflon, the roe deer, the golden eagle, and many rare botanic

Sila National Park87066 Longobucco, Province of Cosenza, Italy

Sila National Park is actually part of one of Italy’s oldest national parks, the National Park of Calabria. This zone, with its rugged and wild, yet pristine side, charms visitors with its quaint and welcoming villages, and with the opportunities to practice a number of outdoor sports. Here, any time of year is right to enjoy this multi-faceted Park.

Sirente-Velino Regional ParkProvince of L'Aquila, Italy

Sirente-Velino Regional Park, among the largest and most important parks in Italy,  is the one and only regional park in Abruzzi. It is an enchanting natural setting alternating gentle and relaxing landscapes with steep rocky walls and an ideal habitat for the most interesting flora and fauna living in Central Italy. It is a great example of history since its towns preserve temples, castles, towers, and medieval evidence surrounded by extraordinary natural features.

Tuscan Archipelago National Park57037 Portoferraio, Province of Livorno, Italy

The Tuscan Archipelago National Park is the largest marine park in Europe. It includes the seven main islands of the Tuscan Archipelago, each unique in terms of beauty. It includes the 7 largest islands, bathed by the Tyrrhenian Sea and the Ligurian Sea, between the coasts of Tuscany and Corsica. Each island hides secrets and natural pearls that you can visit. It was one of the main tourist attractions in this area.

Val Grande National Park28801 Cossogno, Province of Verbano-Cusio-Ossola, Italy

Val Grande National Park is the largest wilderness area in Italy, but also an outdoor museum of the ancient civilization of the Alps. The abandonment of the alpine summer pastures and of the deforestation practice led to the return to the wilderness: nature becomes the master. The richness and variety of the vegetation represent one of the greatest attractions of the area, with impenetrable woods and a "very colored" flora.  It will be a nice experience visiting this dense greenery.

Vesuvio National ParkMetropolitan City of Naples, Italy

The Vesuvius National Park is a national park established on June 5, 1995, for the great geological, biological and historical interest that its territory represents. The park develops around the Somma - Vesuvius volcanic complex and the headquarters are located in the municipality of Ottaviano, in the province of Naples. The Vesuvius National Park was officially born on 5 June 1995 to preserve animal and plant species, plant and forest associations, geological singularities, paleontological for