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10 Fun Facts About Italy’s National Parks

The natural beauty of Italy is famous around the world however, the country’s national parks tend to slip under the international travel radar. Wherever your Italian itinerary takes you, keep in mind that an awe-inspiring national park is never too far away. One of Italy’s many unique features is the short distance between culturally rich cities and majestic national landscapes. It’s time to uncover Italy’s wilder side! Here are 10 fun facts to get to know Italy’s National Parks.

  • There are 25 national parks in Italy spread across 19 regions.
  • The majority of national parks are located in the regions of Abruzzo (3), Calabria (3), Lazio (3), Tuscany (3) and Sardinia (3).
  • The oldest national park is Gran Paradiso National Park located between the Aosta Valley and Piedmont regions.
  • The only region without a national park is Friuli Venezia Giulia.
  • The total area of Italy’s national parks takes up around 5% of the national territory of the country.
  • Pollino National Park in Basilicata has been enlisted as a UNESCO Global Geopark and is the largest national park in Italy.
  • Pantelleria Island National Park was established in 2016 which makes it the newest national park in Italy.
  • Tuscan Archipelago National Park covers an area of approximately 746 square kilometers which makes it the largest European marine park.
  • Cinque Terre National Park is known as the most renowned and most visited national park in Italy.
  • The only active volcano in continental Europe is located in Vesuvius National Park.

Arianna DiCicco

Arianna DiCicco is an educator and writer from California, born into an Italian American restaurant family with strong ties to her grandparents’ home in Abruzzo, Italy. She has lived in San Francisco, Rome and New York City where she’s made deep connections within the Italian communities and gained new perspectives about her own culture. With a Masters in International Education, Arianna has a love and passion for learning and educating others about Italian history & culture.