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The protected natural areas of Liguria include a national park (The Cinque Terre National Park), eight regional parks and other areas covering about 12% of the regional territory for a total area of about 60,000 hectares.

 

ANTOLA PARK

Nestled in the heart of the Ligurian Apennine, the pristine Antola Park reaches into the Trebbia and Scrivia valleys through a mountain landscape extremely rich in nature and wildlife. Here villages and human activities are perfectly intertwined with the landscape characterised by evocative atmospheres and unforgettable experiences for travellers and visitors taking their time to stop and enjoy a moment of pure contemplation.

Set at the crossroad of several trails and ancient mule tracks, Mount Antola (1597 meters above sea level) is the center of a mountain range, which starts from its top and borders 4 different regions (Liguria, Piedmont, Lombardy and Emilia-Romagna). This majestic landscape opens onto fabulous views of the Ligurian Sea, the Alps, and local landmarks such as Lake Brugneto (the biggest lake in Liguria) and Rocche del Reopasso. Another unmissable sight is Castello della Pietra, a very peculiar fortress carved in steep rocks and dominating the Vobbia Valley below. Of course a visit to the Antola Valleys would not be complete without tasting local products (such as porcini mushrooms, chestnuts, honey and delicious salame) and traditional recipes. Given the nature of this area, tourist accommodation follows the philosophy of “ospitalità diffusa”, meaning you won’t find large resorts or hotels but mainly local family-run bed & breakfasts, farm stays and other accommodation types, which perfectly match the spirit of these unspoilt places.

Visit the Antola Park website

AVETO PARK

Behind the Tigullio Gulf there is a corner of Liguria far from the stereotypes of the Riviera, protected by mountains and surrounded by lush forests, dotted with villages rich in history: we are in the Aveto Nature Park, one of the richest areas of biodiversity in the region, a land to be discovered, admired and enjoyed throughout its valleys.

The Graveglia Valley, quickly changes from olive groves and vineyards into beech forests and plateaus offering picturesque glimpses of the sea, passing through small villages of ancient stone houses. The Sturla Valley, with its chestnut and hazelnut groves, pastures and mountain refuges, is home to herds of wild horses, the only example of horses completely independent from man. The Aveto Valley, with the highest peaks of the Ligurian Apennines, is crossed by a dense network of hiking trails connected to the Alta Via dei Monti Liguri (High Route of the Ligurian Mountains), a paradise for hikers and lovers of outdoor sports in all seasons.

Visit the Aveto Park website

Not to be missed

Immerse yourself in the pristine forests of the Ligurian natural parks

Admire spectacular views along the Alta Via

Experience nature on your mountain bike

Discover the typical cuisine and flavors of the Ligurian hinterland

Experience the magic of the ancient villages

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From the airport

Set on the border between Liguria and Piedmont, the Parco Naturale dell'Antola can be reached by car in around 1 hour from Genoa Airport. The Aveto Natural Park, between Liguria and Emilia Romagna, is about 2 hours and 15 minutes from Genoa airport.

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