24 National Parks to explore in Italy
Located in Southern Europe consisting of a peninsula delimited by the Alps and surrounded by several islands.
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
The La Maddalena Archipelago National Park is a geomarine park established in 1994. The park covers a land area of 5,100 hectares and a marine surface of 15,046 hectares , on a front of 180 km of coastline, extending from the Strait of Bonifacio and including all the islands belonging to the Archipelago of La Maddalena and also The Park's includes some beautiful beaches.
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 Cinque Terre National Park is a national park established in 1999 which is located in Liguria, in the province of La Spezia. It is the only institution in Italy aimed at the protection of an anthropized environment and provides, among other things, the safeguarding of the system of dry stone walls that support the cultivated terraces overlooking the sea and protects a coastal area where man has created a stable life of mutual coexistence between himself and nature.
The Conero regional park is a protected natural area of the Marche region established in 1987 and which extends on the homonymous promontory, in the province of Ancona. Here there are some points from where you can enjoy breath-taking panoramas stretching on the whole Conero Coast, but also visit historical sites very charming. One of the nice trekking area and also it is suitable for more adventure activities.
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.
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
The Madonie Park is a protected natural area established in 1981. It includes the massif of the Madonie, situated on the northern coast of Sicily, between the rivers Imera and Pollina. The park is home to over half of Sicilian plant species, and in particular most of those present only in Sicily. The site was included in the network of Global Geoparks of ' Unesco the 17 November 2015, during the 38th Plenary Session of the General Conference held in Paris.
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.
Monte Urpinu is an urban park of Cagliari, which is located in the homonymous district. For centuries dominated by wild nature, inhabited by animals such as foxes, hence the name Urpinu, which in Sardinian means Volpino, in the nineteenth century the owners, the Sanjust di Teulada, planted numerous Aleppo pines. Today the park extends for 350,000 m² with suggestive views over Cagliari and Campidano, the Molentargius pond, and the Poetto beach. Viale Europa runs along the ridge in all its lengt
The Monti Sibillini National Park is a national park that protects the natural environment of the mountain massif of the same name, extending between the regions of Marche and Umbria, divided into four provinces and managed by the relevant body based in Visso. It covers an area of approximately 71,437 hectares, on mainly mountainous terrain.
The National Park of the Gulf of Orosei and Gennargentu was a national park established by a decree of the President of the Republic of 30 March 1998 and published in the Official Gazette of 14 May 1998, number 110. It was located in Sardinia, in the territories of the provinces of Nuoro and South Sardinia. It ceased to exist on April 7, 2008, with sentence number 626 issued by the Regional Administrative Court of Sardinia due to the opposition of the municipalities involved.
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 Stelvio National Park is one of the oldest Italian natural parks, established in 1935, created with the aim of protecting the flora, fauna, and naturalistic beauties of the Ortles-Cevedale mountain group, and promoting the development of sustainable tourism in the alpine valleys of Lombardy, Trentino and Alto Adige. It covers the territory of 24 municipalities and 4 provinces and is in direct contact to the north with the Swiss National Park, to the south with the Adamello-Brenta Provincial
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.
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
The Monte Rufeno nature reserve is a protected natural area located in the municipality of Acquapendente , in the province of Viterbo . The risera extends for 2893 hectares in a north-northeast position in the Aquesian territory. The inhabited centers of Trevinano and Torre Alfina , very close to the reserve, are ideal starting points for excursions and visits within the protected area.
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.