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7 Most Breathtaking National Parks In Italy

Italy is known for its ancient history, delicious food, and contribution to the arts in cities like Florence, Venice and Milan. In addition to incredible history, art and food, though, is a world of natural beauty. From the Dolomites to the waters of Caprera, there is much to explore. Whether you live there or are planning to visit, here are seven of the most gorgeous national parks in Italy.

Breathtaking National Parks In Italy

1. Dolomiti Bellunesi National Park

Spead across the province of Belluno, Dolomiti Bellunesi National Park is one of Italy’s most stunning national park. Home to the famous Alpi Feltrine, Monti del Sole and Schiara mountain ranges among many more; it is a mountain-lovers dream. In addition to countless mountain ranges that make up the Dolomites, the area is full of waterfalls along the Mis Valley that can’t be missed.

2. Cinque Terre National Park

Iconically Italian, Cinque Terre is one of the most visited areas in the nation, and it isn’t hard to see why. The Cinque Terre National Park is a great way to explore the area and get the best of the charm, history and stunning scenery that surrounds. The park area connects all five villages with a series of trails. Between the towns are a series of quiet paths, wildflower meadows, and a sleepy farm here and there.

3. Gran Paradiso National Park

Tucked away in Italy’s northwest region is Paradiso National Park which gets its name from the mountain that dominates the region – Gran Paradiso. The park was originally formed as a private hunting ground for King Vittorio II and has ‘Kings Trails’ you can explore to get a sense of how things were back then. It is also the oldest park in Italy and is famous for its preservation of local species such as the ibex.
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4. Stelvio National Park

Stelvio National Park is a sprawling paradise of velvet green mountainsides, snow-capped peaks, peaceful meadows and all things summer. As well as gorgeous alpine scenery, the area has WWII ruins and is bursting at the seams with wildlife. It is the absolute perfect place to explore whether you’re after history, mountain views or local animals.

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5. Aspromonte National Park

Easily one of the most unique picks on this list would be Aspromonte National Park in Calabria. Situated in the southern half of the Apennines mountains, the area is full of beautiful walking trails and untouched wilderness. Most notably, though, is the abandoned town of Pentedattilo. Dating back to 640 BC, this barren ghost town is sure to impress any history buff.

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6. Maddalena Archipelago National Park

Maddalena Archipelago National Park on Caprera island is the coastal park of your dreams. Pristine beaches, stunning blue waters, cliffs and endless walking trails are just a few things the park has going for it. Spend the day exploring the park by foot and top it off with a dip in the water and picnic on the beach.

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7. Gran Sasso and Monti Della Laga National Park

Lastly, if mountains are your thing, Gran Sasso and Monti Della Laga National Park is the place for you. Known for its mountaineering, hiking and skiing activities – there is something for everyone. Just a hop away from Rome, it’s easily accessible and perfect for a weekend trip.

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Melanie Hamilton
Melanie Hamilton

Melanie is an avid traveller with a passion for history and global foods. She is currently based in Tbilisi, Georgia where most of her time is occupied with qvevri wine and Soviet history. Having do-si-do'd her way across Europe and Latin America, she's enjoyed some of the world's most exciting places firsthand and can't wait to tell you about them.

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