ExecutiveChronicles | 5 Most Beautiful Parks in Italy to Visit | While Italy is famous for being the center of all things cultural, historical, and artistic, many tend to overlook the importance of its natural elements! Today, let’s focus on which parks, mostly natural or natural, you can see on your next Italy trip. So, without further ado, check out our list of the top 5 most beautiful Italian parks!
- Dolomiti Bellunesi National Park
Most of it is already in the name! Dolomiti Bellunesi National Park is a protected natural area located in the province of Belluno, Veneto, northern Italy. And, it is certainly one of the most beautiful open areas in the country!
Dolomiti Bellunesi stretches across 32 kilometers and covers several mountain ranges, including Alpi Feltrine, Monti del Sole, Schiara, Talvena, and several others. The sights it creates are so stunning and significant to the Italian panorama the national park was recognized as UNESCO World Heritage Site quite early on.
In addition, the rivers and streams in the park give the scenery a magical edge and even more of a picturesque look. So have your camera ready, because the panorama is absolutely wonderful!
- Cinque Terre National Park
You probably know a lot about the famous Cinque Terre and its beautiful towns, yet they also have a national park you must visit on your next trip!
Considered to be Italy’s first national park, Cinque Terre Park was opened in 1999, and since then gained a lot more popular among travelers and locals!
Located in the province of La Spezia, Liguria, Cinque Terre National Park is the smallest one in the country, yet it is rich in wildlife and wilderness. Also, the Italians say that it is the densest, with 5000 permanent inhabitants! The whole of Cinque Terre is so beautiful it can all be a national park, but this specific area actually falls a bit outside of Cinque Terre boundaries.
While the coastal area officially consists of Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza, and Monterosso, the park covers a bit more than that, stepping into Levanto and La Spezia!
- Aspromonte National Park
In the southern section of the Apennines, Calabria, you can see the best and most of what nature in Southern Italy can offer. Not only can you explore the villages and towns nearby and in the territory, but Calabria is also quite close to Naples if you have the time to go there, too! By the way, that might be your best trajectory since the capital of Campania is great for navigation. You can even take the train Naples to Rome to go back to the capital. Now, back to the park!
Aspromonte lies near the sea, creating the perfect seaside display, with mountain summits close to 2000 meters. The whole area is very popular for the wide variety of wildlife. Here you can catch glimpses of Italian wolf, peregrine falcon, Eurasian eagle-owl, or northern goshawk. Aspromonte forests are also heavily dominated by a diversity of stunning trees and other kinds of greenery.
- Gran Paradiso National Park
Taking its name from the Gran Paradiso mountain, the bedazzling national park is a sight to behold! Settled between Aosta Valley and Piedmont, it allows you views of the stunning Italian greenery and numerous different species of interesting animals, and it even has an exciting backstory!
Initially, Gran Paradiso National Park was sheltered and made into one to protect the Alpine ibex, as they were the primary choice of the hunt of the King Victor Emmanuel II of the 19th century. Now, of course, the lands are preserved to save all kinds of animals and plants, but it is fun to know a bit of a different backstory!
- Stelvio National Park
The park in northeast Italy, established in the 20th century, is a national treasure and one of the most popular natural destinations in the country. Stelvio covers even more municipalities than Dolomiti Bellunesi National Park, as its territory stretches across Trentino-Alto Adige/Sudtirol and Lombardy, making it a cover for 24 municipalities!
Stelvio is just the first glimpse at hundreds of thousands of hectares of protected greenery. It has borders with Swiss National Park, Adamello Brenta National Park, and Adamello Regional Park. Together, they total up to 400.000 hectares of preserved nature, stunning mountain ranges, valleys, lakes, villages, and more! Naturally, it is a must-visit!
Enjoy the natural side of Italy and the best of preserved territories in the country! Remember to bring your camera and hiking equipment; other than that, just take in your surroundings and breathe in the fresh air. Arrivederci, traveler!
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