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Nature of Italy - national parks and reserves for active recreation

Italy is rightly called one of the most beautiful countries in the world. The contrast of the snow-white Alps, the orange groves of Sicily and the vineyards of Tuscany fully shows the unusual nature of the sunny country. In the southern part of the country there is the Apennine peninsula. The northern part is occupied by the Italian Alps stretched out in the form of an arc, and between them passes the Padanian plain. Most of the country is located in the subtropical belt and such an arrangement allows one to explain the diversity of the fauna, flora and climate of Italy. The terrain thrives in mountains, but there is no space for long and deep rivers. However in the Alps, there are several lakes formed due to glaciers.
Italy has an incredibly ancient history, and therefore it is not surprising that on its territory there is a huge number of castles. Some of them …
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Italian Alps can be conditionally divided into 3 zones. At the very bottom is a broad-leaved forest belt, consisting mainly of cork oaks, European olives, chestnuts, ash trees and cypresses. Beech forests grow after them, turning into coniferous. There is a large number of larch and fir. In the middle zone after the border of the forest, shrub plants predominate. For example, alder, juniper or rhododendrons, wild flowers, sedge and meadows covered with grass. At the highest point snow-capped, no trees, shrubs or flowers are found, and a large amount of moss and lichen cover the ground.
The National Park, Gran Paradiso is located in a mountainous area near the peak of the same name. It stretches out on a vast territory of 700 square kilometers and fully justifies its name. The nature of the park is truly unique. The young mountain systems are interrupted by a huge number of glacial valleys and slopes with a dense thicket of coniferous forests which in turn, passes into vast alpine meadows with raised stone heathlands and glaciers above them. Gran Paradiso is a place where you can observe the chamois, mountain goats, ermines and eagles in their natural habitat. The whole year the park is open for visits. In summer, travelers prefer mountain trails, and in winter they go to the forests. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
Italy is one of the most popular places for tourism and therefore its hotels are known far beyond its borders. In the castle hotel Las Villas Tronas …
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Unlike the Gran Paradiso, located near Liguria, the Cinque Terri National Park is famous not only for its unique nature, but also for its cultural heritage of historical significance. Cinque Terri is listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. It contains numerous bays, small beaches, small islands and medieval towns with unique walls. They protect the terraces with vineyards, descending to the cliff on the shore and are a dwelling for animals and birds. The coast, covered with rocks, is well adapted for nesting birds. The water abounds with a variety of fish, which creates an excellent observation point, allowing you to see birds in their natural habitat.
Brindisi Italy's marine national park occupies a vast territory of the Tuscan archipelago. It covers both the earth's surface and part of the sea’s surface. The archipelago includes seven large and a huge number of small islands, each of which is unique. They are united only by incredible beauty of nature. The diversity of the natural ecosystem, inhabited by all kinds of living organisms, has made the park one of the most famous of its kind. At the bottom of the sea, in addition to densely growing algae, there are red corals rare for our days, several species of dolphins and sponges, as well as the endangered species of sea turtles.
In Italy, people love holidays, and any: both national and religious. Even a football match can become a real holiday, for this sport the locals have …
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Vesuvius National Park located east of Naples, is a zone of enormous significance both historically and geologically. Throughout the park, research work is still ongoing. The park, named after one of Europe's most famous and active volcanoes, became a haven for six hundred and ten species of plants, with forty percent of them originating from the Mediterranean. More than a hundred species of birds live in the green zone, the number of which increases during the migratory season. Above the blooming fields flutter large, bright colored butterflies, thereby betraying the special charm of the park. A funicular and a trail for backpackers are laid to the crater of Vesuvius.
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♥   National Park 'Parco nazionale Abruzzo, Lazio e Molise' . On the map   Photos
♥   National Park 'Parco nazionale dei Monti Sibillini' . On the map   Photos
♥   National Park 'Parco nazionale del Cilento e Vallo di Diano' . On the map   Photos
♥   National Park 'Parco nazionale del Circeo' . On the map   Photos
♥   National Park 'Parco nazionale del Gargano' . On the map   Photos
♥   National Park 'Parco nazionale del Golfo di Orosei e del Gennargentu' . On the map   Photos
♥   National Park 'Parco nazionale del Gran Paradiso' . On the map   Photos
♥   National Park 'Parco nazionale del Gran Sasso e Monti della Laga' . On the map   Photos
♥   National Park 'Parco nazionale del Pollino' . On the map   Photos
♥   National Park 'Parco nazionale del Vesuvio' . On the map   Photos

Famous places and sights of Italy

Old Town of San Gimignano

From the series “16 Most Fascinating Objects of Unesco in Italy”
San Gimignano is a small walled medieval hill town in the province of Siena, Tuscany. It is one of the most beautiful and interesting towns in Tuscany. In 1990 its historical centre became a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The historical symbol of the city is a complex of strengthening structures and 14 towers. Every tower has its own history because every tower was built by one local family.

So, the well-off locals tried to underline their crucial finance and social status. That’s why it was spent a lot of money for the building. According to the historical data, in the Medieval time, there were built about 60 towers but only 14 were saved until today. Torre Grossa is the tallest tower in San Gimignano, with 54 meters high. Torre del Diavolo is the most mysterious, twin towers Torri Dei … Read all

Piazza dei Miracoli

From the series “16 Most Fascinating Objects of Unesco in Italy”
The Piazza dei Miracoli is a very popular place in Pisa. A lot of travellers know it under the name of the Square of Miracles. The square is surrounded by the outstanding Medieval monuments. Together with the square, it became an important sightseeing of the universal importance. Near the square has placed the Duomo di Santa Maria Assunta of the 1603 year. There were used the most beautiful marble types. Also, the cathedral is decorated with 16-17th-century wall paintings.

Not far from the cathedral has placed the most recognizable architectural sightseeing of the world – the Leaning Tower of Pisa. The Tower has begun to build in 1173 and was finished only within 200 years. This is an unusual tower thanks to the unintended tilt. Nevertheless, the tower has been staying for more than … Read all
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Cultural sights in regions of Italy

Rome
Square of Spain is an excellent place for walking. You can hear many interesting superstitions and legends connected with this attraction. Locals believe that if you visit the square in the evening, you get a chance to meet a ghost of Lorenza Felichini – a beloved person of the famous magician Cagliostro. However, the opportunity to see a ghost along the way does not stop numerous tourists who love to relax on the square and enjoy the silent atmosphere of evenings. In addition to the … Read more
Alghero
Proceed to the old chapel that is situated not far from the cathedral. Several years ago, Museo Diocesano opened in this building. The chapel was abandoned and was slowly deteriorating for many years until it was decided to turn it into an interesting museum after a thorough restoration. Vintage silver items with corals are the centerpieces of the museum’s collection. They were made by local masters. The chapel is also an important historic attraction that still has many elements of the … Read more
Florence
House of Dante is surely a vibrant cultural attraction of the city. A beautiful old mansion - the birthplace of the world-renowned poet – has been turned into a museum. Modern Art Gallery, which exhibits a collection of works by Italian artists of the Renaissance, can simply not be ignored. The gallery often hosts exhibitions by young artists. In the famous Palatine Gallery you can see priceless works of Botticelli, Van Dyck, Caravaggio and Rubens. The gallery is opened in the beautiful Pitti … Read more
Milan
Church of St. Lorenzo is a truly striking religious attraction. Every year the church is visited by thousands of pilgrims. One of the greatest artists - Michelangelo – worked over painting and decorating the walls of the church. Church of St. Lorenzo has the full right to be considered one of the most beautiful churches in the world. The main relic of the cathedral, which is the object of worship of pilgrims, is a vessel with the blood of St. Lorenzo. Only one time a year the priceless relic … Read more
Venice
The main channel of Venice is named Grande. Its length estimates 3.8 km. The majority of houses along the canal were constructed over three hundred years ago. The Venice lagoon is the location of picturesque islands, each of which is home to numerous sightseeing sites. Thus, in the 10th century the Murano Island was home to famous glass blowers. Nowadays the visitors of the island can purchase interesting crafts and home decorations made of this Venetian glass from local craftsmen. The Torcello … Read more
Agrigento
Besides the legendary antique attractions, pay your attention to landmarks of the medieval period. Cattedrale di San Gerlando remains the main religious symbol of Agrigento. This gorgeous cathedral dates back to the 11th century. The church suffered much damage in the mid-13th century due to the landslide. The reconstruction works were finished only four centuries later. The cathedral changed its look and got some Baroque elements in the 17th century. Today, Cattedrale di San Gerlando is a … Read more
Alberobello
Trullo Sovrano is a no less interesting museum that is open on Piazza Sacramento. This museum is open in one of a few two-story trullo houses in Alberobello. The building is an important architectural attraction. Step inside to see the typical design of local houses in the 18th century. You will have an opportunity to see how residents of Alberobello lived hundreds of years ago. Trullo Sovrano exhibits old tableware, household items, and handmade furniture. Don’t forget to take a look at old … Read more
Rimini
The Tempio Malatesta chapel is another remarkable historical monument. Ancient architecture admirers will easily identify a fantastic fusion of the Renaissance and the Early gothic styles. The chapel was built in the 13th century and in two centuries it was decided to reconstruct this scale building. The reconstruction started in the 15th century, but it wasn’t finished. An unfinished touch has sufficiently added to the inimitable appearance of the present building. The building of the … Read more

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