What better way to experience all of the natural wonder and beauty that Italy has to offer than by exploring one of the country's national parks? Scattered all across this great country, these national parks cover approximately five percent of all of Italy’s land and visiting one (or more!) is an excellent way to discover the true landscape of Italy.
Although all of Italy’s national parks are beautiful and are worthy of visiting, these top five offer something unique for tourists who are on a tight timeline and can’t visit all of them!
Top 5 Parks to Visit
- Stelvio National Park in Italy - Located in the Lombardy region of Northern Italy, in the Northern Alps, this park is diverse in its landscape. It offers visitors sweeping meadows, lush valleys, dense alpine forests and snowcapped mountains and glacial views. Stelvio pass is a popular hiking trail that traverses high in the mountains and will give history and war enthusiasts an up close view of some abandoned WWII military ruins
- Abruzzo National Park - This protected park is located in the Abruzzo region of Italy and is a protected and completely untouched area of land. Founded in 1923, this park was created in an attempt to preserve Italy’s wildlife and prevent extinction from some of its endangered species
- Aspromonte National Park - Aspromonte is located in the southernmost region of Italy in Calabria. It is best known for the abandoned town of Pentedattilo which was founded in 640 B.C. Nestled into the hillsides, this town has remained untouched for hundreds of years and gives an interesting glimpse into the history of the region
- Maddalena Archipelago National Park - Located on the northern coast of Sardinia, this national park is made up of beautiful, crystal clear waters, sandy beaches and numerous islands. It is considered a geo marine protected park as it is comprised of both sea and land. It is a tropical paradise and is the perfect location for sailing and island hopping. It is also home to a medieval monastery which is located on Santa Maria, one of the park’s tiny islands
- Cinque Terre National Park - One of the busiest and most sought after parks by tourists to Italy is Cinque Terre National Park. This park is comprised of five different towns that are all built into the face of the cliffs of steep mountainsides, overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. Brightly colored buildings, in all shades of the rainbow, can be seen dotting the landscape and weaving roads and paths join the towns together. This area is a UNESCO heritage site and after a visit here it is evident why. They whimsy and beauty of this area make it extremely unique and a must-see for every tourist.
Italy’s national parks offer a wide variety of different types of experiences, catering to the interests of all travelers. Whether your visit to Italy brings you here to take in the mountains, meet the wildlife, explore the sea or tour historical, cliffside towns, there is a national park for everyone.
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