Best known in winter for its ski resorts, Aosta Valley, the smallest region in Italy is also home to rich natural heritage of rare beauty, including protected areas, sites belonging to the Natura 2000 ecological network and mountain botanical gardens. The region encompasses a total of 10 nature reserves including wetlands, areas populated by butterflies, migratory birds and many other wonders of nature.
With almost a third of the region’s territory protected to preserve its particular biodiversity and landscapes, the possibilities of enjoying the great outdoors are aplenty – these are some of our top picks:
Gran Paradiso National Park
Gran Paradise National Park is the first and oldest Italian national park, home to 59 glaciers, covering 70,000 hectares (173,000 acres), between 800 meters above sea level
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