Parks and protected areas of Abruzzo

Parks and protected areas of Abruzzo

Abruzzo is the Italian region that boasts, at least on paper, the highest degree of nature protection. Three large national parks (the historical one - established in 1923 - in Abruzzo, the Gran Sasso-Monti della Laga and the Majella), which are flanked by the Sirente-Velino Regional Natural Park and a large number of natural reserves (state and regional), less extensive but of great importance. Overall, the protected area is 300,217 hectares, equal to almost 28% of the regional area. Finally, in order to protect the fauna, the hunting silence areas established on the basis of the national hunting legislation (law 157/92) which extend for almost 54,000 hectares must also be counted.
130 SIC (sites of Community importance) and 4 SPAs (special protection areas) have been proposed as part of the Natura 2000 Network Project. This is why Abruzzo can be defined as the region of parks.

Madonna della Pietà in Rocca Calascio - Gran Sasso Park and Monti della Laga (photo Ercole Manieri)

Gran Sasso dItalia from Pietranzoli lake - Gran Sasso Monti della Laga park (photo Ercole Manieri)


Video: ORSO BRUNO MARSICANO - National Park Abruzzo