Blessed with hills, mountains, lakes and 7600km of coastline, Italy offers much more than Roman ruins and Renaissance art. Nature and adrenaline addicts can get their fix in any number of ways in Italy. From North to South there are 24 National Parks in Italy which cover about 10% of the land surface, about 140 regional parks and the many marine protected areas, nature reserves and several other protected areas.
Today we want to suggest you 3 important National Park to see in this beautiful country, among interesting outdoor experiences to have an unforgettable holiday.
Check out the full index and description of each in Italy can in the website of the Federation of Italian National Parks.
1. CINQUE TERRE NATIONAL PARK
We start in Liguria. The Cinque Terre National Park with its 4,300 acres is the smallest National Park in Italy and at the same time the most densely populated, with 5,000 residents in five awesome villages: Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso al Mare.
Here man in more than a thousand years has “changed” the natural environment by dissecting the steep slopes of the hills to obtain strips of arable land, the so-called “ciàn” (local dialect), supported by about seven thousand miles of stone walls, the length of the Great Wall of China. This tract is the real identity of the Cinque Terre, with a highly unusual man-made landscape. That’s why it is the Park made by man, an area that became a World Heritage Site.
The coast could appear as inhospitable because it’s rocky and steep but it is rich of charming bays, beaches and wonderful panoramic paths that waits only to be discovered. But the Cinque Terre isn’t only seaside, in the hillside it hides beautiful medieval villages, sanctuaries, artists workshops and typical dishes.
2. DOLOMITI BELLUNESI NATIONAL PARK
If high-level hiking and climbing is a focus of your trip, the huge rock walls of the Dolomites set testing challenges for rock climbers of all levels and there are treks and walks for all abilities from novices to experienced.
Lush forested valleys and rugged mountains glazed with snow. That’s the majestic beauty of the Dolomites that features some of the most beautiful mountain landscapes anywhere, with vertical walls, sheer cliffs and a high density of narrow, deep and long valleys.
Walking through the less known paths of Belluno’s Dolomite is the best way of discovering their real essence and appreciating the tranquility of nature.
You will not be disappointed with the diversity of the trekking trails you can find in Belluno. Take your chance and try the “via ferrata”, testing yourself on one of our rope-lined trails.
If you prefer thrilling experience you should look fore climbing in the historic area of “Cinque Torri” or canyoning down in in a steep-sided valley, finding a way down to the valley by way of river, scrambling through rapids, being swept along natural rock chutes and abseiling down waterfalls.
3. GENNARGENTU AND OROSEI GULF NATIONAL PARK
When traveling to Nuoro, leave plenty of time for sightseeing – you wouldn’t want to miss out on top attractions like Gennargentu National Park!
Where else but on this four-million-sheep island could you travel from shimmering bays to alpine forests, granite peaks to cathedral-like grottoes, rolling vineyards to one-time bandit towns – all in the space of a day?
Don’t’ miss it and head to the magnificent Parco Nazionale del Golfo di Orosei e del Gennargentu for exhilarating coastal and mountain trekking. The very best way to explore the rugged inland of the Supramonte Mountains walking through wild nature scenery and visit mysterious archaeological sites.