in the photo – Campo Imperatore in the Gran Sasso National Park
There are more than 1000 protected areas throughout Italy. National, regional and interregional parks, nature reserves, wetlands, land and marine parks, that all present areas of outstanding environmental significance.
With such an abundance of protected land across the whole of the country, it’s no wonder that the 25 designated National Parks offer some of the most outstanding natural beauty to be seen and experienced in Italy.
Way Back In 1922
Nearly a century has passed since the first the first Italian park was designated in 1922 – the Gran Paradiso National Park, that spreads across there regions of Piedmont and the Aosta Valley. Home to the sturdy mountain goat the Alpine ibex, and location to Mount Gran Paradiso, which is also the only 4-thousander completely in Italian territory, this National Park rich in varied Alpine life is one of Italy’s most visited. Fast forward to 2016 and the recent designation of the Parco nazionale dell’Isola di Pantelleria. This small volcanic island lies off the coast of Sicily and boasts a diverse and vibrant cultural heritage having come under the influence of different civilizations throughout the centuries.
Italy’s National Parks Today
Today, Italy’s 25 National Parks, offer up some of the best that Italy has to offer, from the Alps in the north, through the Apennines, the parks include towns, villages, and their inhabitants – many active communities that contribute to the identity of each area. A national park can have many characteristics, which can include singular qualities such as rare forms of flora, wildlife and biodiversity, can have geological and geographical importance, be sites of archeological and historical value – and of course they all offer beautiful landscape.
Introducing The Parks
ItalyOnTrail.com will feature Italy’s National Parks, and a selection of Regional Parks and other protected areas. We’ll cover the highlights and practical information that’s available for each of the parks. Most parks have way marked trails, will organize a calendar of events and activities directly or indirectly, be able to suggest accommodation, and provide visitors information.
To start with we present all of the 25 National Parks, on a map, with the official websites for each park.
Name of National Park
In which Italian region is it?
|Gran Paradiso National Park||Aosta Valley and Piedmont||www.pngp.it/en|
|Val Grande National National Park||Piedmont||www.parcovalgrande.it|
|Stelvio National Park||Trentino Alto Adige and Lombardy||www.stelviopark.it|
|Dolomiti Bellunesi National Park||Veneto||www.dolomitipark.it|
|Appennino Tosco-Emiliano National Park – read our Guide||Emilia Romagna and Tuscany||www.parcoappennino.it|
|Cinque Terre National Park||Liguria||www.parconazionale5terre.it|
|Foreste Casentinesi, Monte Falterona e Campigna National Park||Emilia Romagna and Tuscany||www.parcoforestecasentinesi.it|
|Monti Sibillini National Park||Le Marche and Umbria||www.sibillini.net|
|Arcipelago Toscano National Park||Tuscany||www.islepark.it|
|Gran Sasso e Monti della Laga National Park||Abruzzo, Le Marche, Lazio||www.gransassolagapark.it|
|Majella National Park||Abruzzo||www.parcomajella.it|
|Abruzzo, Lazio e Molise National Park||Abruzzo, Lazio and Molise||www.parcoabruzzo.it|
|Circeo National Park||Lazio||www.parcocirceo.it|
|Vesuvio National Park||Campania||www.epnv.it|
|Gargano National Park||Puglia||www.parcogargano.gov.it|
|Alta Murgia National Park||Puglia||www.parcoaltamurgia.gov.it|
|Appennino Lucano – Val d’Agri-Lagonegrese National Park||Basilicata||www.parcoappenninolucano.it|
|Cilento, Vallo di Diano e Alburni National Park||Campania||www.cilentoediano.it|
|Pollino National Park||Basilicata and Calabria||www.parcopollino.it|
|Sila National Park||Calabria||www.parcosila.it|
|Aspromonte National Park||Calabria||www.parcoaspromonte.gov.it|
|Asinara National Park||Sardinia||www.parcoasinara.org|
|Arcipelago di La Maddalena National Park||Sardinia||www.lamaddalenapark.it|
|Orosei e del Gennargentu National Park||Sardinia||www.parcogennargentu.it|
|Pantelleria National Park||Sicily||–|
Maria Elisabetta Bellini is Italyontrail.com’s founder, born in the U.K, she came to running whilst living in Italy, where she still lives and trains. Never ceasing to marvel at what’s at the summit of a hill, or around the bend along the trail, she loves using trail running as a means to explore nature, contemplation and Italy.