Gran Paradiso National Park

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Gran Paradiso National Park - Photo: Patafisik
The Gran Paradiso National Park is located in the Graian Alps in north west Italy, stretching across the regions of Aosta Valley and Piedmont. It is 703 square kilometres in area and, combined with the adjacent Vanoise National Park of France, it makes up the largest protected area in Europe.
Gran Paradiso National Park

The origins of the National Park date back to before the unification of Italy, when Victor Emmanuel, later to become the first king of Italy, created a Royal Hunting Reserve in 1856. He was concerned that the uncontrolled hunting of the Alpine Ibis had led to an alarming decrease in their numbers. Later, in 1920, Victor Emmanuel's grandson, king Victor Emmanuel III, donated the original 21 square kilometres of land to create what was the first National Park in Italy.

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Alpine Ibex - Photo: Martouf

When the park was first created, there were 4,000 Alpine Ibex within its boundaries. However, poaching continued until 1945, by when the numbers had dropped to 419. since then, increased protection has restored their numbers back to the original 4,000.

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Gran Paradiso - Photo: Francofranco

The national park is named after the mountain of the same name, the only mountain over 4,000 metres located entirely on Italian territory. The Mont Blanc massif lies across the border between Italy and France, and the Matterhorn, along the border between Italy and Switzerland.

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Golden Eagle - Photo: Rocky

As well as the Alpine Ibex, the park also provides a safe haven for the Ermine, Weasel, Hare, Eurasian Badger, Alpine Chamois, Wolf and Lynx. Bird species include: the Urasian Eagle-owl, Rock Ptarmigan, Alpine Accentor, Chough, Golden Eagle, Wallcreeper, Black Woodpeckers and Nutcrackers.

The terrain in the National Park is a mixture of forest, Alpine meadow and mountain terrain. The altitude ranges from 800 metres to over 4,000 metres, and there are 57 glaciers within its boundaries.

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Aosta Valley Information
Location of Aosta Valley
Area: 3,263 km²
Population: 123,978
Density: 38/km²
Capital: Aosta

Find a hotel in Aosta Valley
Provinces
Comunes
  • Aosta
    • Allein
      Antey-Saint-Andrè
      Aosta
      Arnad
      Arvier
      Avise
      Ayas
      Aymavilles
      Bard
      Bionaz
      Brissogne
      Brusson
      Challand-Saint-Anselme
      Challand-Saint-Victor
      Chambave
      Chamois
      Champdepraz
      Champorcher
      Charvensod
      Chatillon
      Cogne
      Courmayeur
      Donnas
      Doues
      Emarèse
      Etroubles
      Fénis
      Fontainemore
      Gaby
      Gignod
      Gressan
      Gressoney-la-Trinitè
      Gressoney-Saint-Jean
      Hone
      Introd
      Issime
      Issogne
      Jovencan
      La Magdeleine
      La Salle
      La Thuile
      Lillianes
      Montjovet
      Morgex
      Nus
      Ollomont
      Oyace
      Perloz
      Pollein
      Pontboset
      Pontey
      Pont-Saint-Martin
      Prè-Saint-Didier
      Quart
      Rhemes-Notre-Dame
      Rhemes-Saint-Georges
      Roisan
      Saint-Christophe
      Saint-Denis
      Saint-Marcel
      Saint-Nicolas
      Saint-Oyen
      Saint-Pierre
      Saint-Rhémy-en-Bosses
      Saint-Vincent
      Sarre
      Torgnon
      Valgrisenche
      Valpelline
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