National Parks in Italy: Where have we got up to?


National Parks, Regional Parks, Marine Protected Areas, National Reserves, Regional Reserves, Wetlands and Other Protected Areas.

Nowadays in our Country there are 22 National Parks, and 2 more are waiting to be established. They cover on the whole a surface of one million and a half hectares, about the 5% of the national territory.

The national parks complete the safeguard carried out by the regional parks and vice versa, and they deal with very wide territories (at least, for our national reality) by involving several Towns.

Therefore, besides the great administrative variety (since they have been established by and depend on the Ministero dell'Ambiente) the national parks also differ for their management of a wide and varied territory characterized by a relevant human presence.

Besides planning and supervising, the national parks should also highlight their being a means to make the most of the local realities and to link them one to the other: in other words, they should help them to find in the beauty (and fragility) of the territory in which they are situated an element of cohesion, the key resource to their development.

The marine parks are also gaining an important role in the national safeguard project: they are aimed to protect in an integral manner stretches of sea and of coast (often entire islands or archipelagoes) presenting unique environmental elements and landscapes which are typical of the Mediterranean area.
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NameRegionsAreaHigh PointElevationEstablishedMapQuick View
Abruzzo, Lazio and MoliseAbruzzo, Lazio, Molise506.83 km2(195.69 sq mi)Monte Petroso2,249 m (7,379 ft)1922Monte Meta.JPG
Alta MurgiaApulia677.39 km2(261.54 sq mi)Torre Disperata686 m (2,251 ft)2004Trullomurgia.jpg
Appennino Lucano - Val d'Agri - LagonegreseBasilicata689.96 km2(266.40 sq mi)Monte del Papa2,005 m (6,578 ft)Monte Volturino.JPG
Appennino Tosco-EmilianoEmilia-Romagna, Tuscany227.92 km2(88.00 sq mi)Monte Cusna2,121 m (6,959 ft)2001Castello carpineti monte cusna.JPG
Archipelago of La MaddalenaSardinia201.46 km2(77.78 sq mi)Punta Tejalone, Caprera[7]212 m (696 ft)1994Arcipelago della Maddalena, Caprera Cala Napoletana 01.JPG
Tuscan ArchipelagoTuscany746.53 km2(288.24 sq mi)Monte Capanne on Elbain the Tuscan Archipelago1,018 m (3,340 ft)1996Tuscan archipelago.pngAerial view of Elba 1.jpg
AsinaraSardinia269.60 km2(104.09 sq mi)Punta Scomunica408 m (1,339 ft)1997Asinara map.pngAsinello bianco sardegna asinara 3593693026 750d1054eb o.jpg
AspromonteCalabria760.53 km2(293.64 sq mi)Montalto1,955 m (6,414 ft)1989Reggiocalabria mappa.png
Cippo di garibaldi in aspromonte.JPG
Cilento, Vallo di Diano, and AlburniCampania1,810.48 km2(699.03 sq mi)Monte Cervati1,898 m (6,227 ft)1991Salerno mappa.pngCapo palinuro.jpg
Cinque TerreLiguria38.60 km2(14.90 sq mi)Monte (Mai-)Pertuso[13]820 m (2,690 ft)1999Parco-Cinque Terre-Posizione.pngCinque Terre .jpg
CirceoLazio84.40 km2(32.59 sq mi)Monte Circeo541 m (1,775 ft)Circeo.JPG
Dolomiti BellunesiVeneto31.51 km2(12.17 sq mi)Monte Pavione2,335 m (7,661 ft)Parco-Dolomiti Bellunesi-Posizione.pngBelluno.JPG
Foreste Casentinesi, Monte Falterona, and CampignaEmilia-Romagna, Tuscany364.00 km2(140.54 sq mi)Monte Falterona1,645 m (5,397 ft)Parco-Foreste Casentinesi-Posizione.pngMonte-Falterona-treeline1.jpg
GarganoApulia1,211.18 km2(467.64 sq mi)Monte Calvo[18]1,065 m (3,494 ft)Gargan0003.jpg
GennargentuSardinia730.00 km2(281.85 sq mi)Punta La Marmora1,834 m (6,017 ft)Cala Goloritze o.jpg
Gran ParadisoValle d'Aosta, Piedmont700.00 km2(270.27 sq mi)Gran Paradiso4,061 m (13,323 ft)Parco-Gran Paradiso-Posizione.png
Gran Sasso & Monti della LagaMarche, Abruzzo, Lazio1,413.31 km2(545.68 sq mi)Corno Grande2,912 m (9,554 ft)Parco-Gran Sasso-Posizione.pngCampo Imperatore.jpg
Isola di PantelleriaSicilyMontagna Grande836 m (2,743 ft)2016Specchio di Venere.jpg
Sibillini MountainsMarche, Umbria697.22 km2(269.20 sq mi)Monte Vettore2,476 m (8,123 ft)Monte Bove Sud.jpg
PollinoBasilicata, Calabria1,711.32 km2(660.74 sq mi)Sierra Dolcedorme2,267 m (7,438 ft)Cosenza pollino.jpg
SilaCalabria736.95 km2(284.54 sq mi)Monte Botte Donato1,928 m (6,325 ft)Botte Donato impianti di risalita vista dalla strada delle vette.jpg
StelvioLombardy, Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol1,307.00 km2(504.64 sq mi)Cima Ortles3,905 m (12,812 ft)Parco-Stelvio-Posizione.pngOrtler Nordgrat.jpg
Val GrandePiedmont145.98 km2(56.36 sq mi)Monte Togano2,295 m (7,530 ft)Parco-Val Grande-Posizione.pngPasso Val Grande - Agosto 2001 - Veduta.JPG
VesuviusCampania72.59 km2(28.03 sq mi)Great Cone1,281 m (4,203 ft)
source: Wikipedia
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  1. Eagles soaring high over an Alpine meadow, wolves hunting at night in a thick beech wood, wild cats hiding in a lush Mediterranean undergrowth. Although human presence shaped and tamed much of the Italian landscape, the country still has some jaw-droppingly wild, rugged corners.

    Twenty-four national parks and a number of regional reserves protect these natural wonders, which span from the verdant grasslands of the Alps to the gorse, strawberry trees and prickly pears of southern Calabria in a celebration of the diversity of the Italian landscape, flora and fauna.


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