Nature parks in the Italian Alps
Natural parks in the Alps are protected areas of particular ecological value and represent important tourist attractions for the entire surrounding mountain area. In nature parks, environmental education is promoted, since these are open to the public, so that visitors can get to know the most important aspects of the natural environment, also through specific nature trails. Moreover, parks provide – through information offices and visitor centers – natural museums or historical-ethnological museums, libraries, conference rooms, etc. Among the Alpine nature reserves, there are even four national parks in Italy: the Gran Paradiso National Park, the Val Grande National Park, the Stelvio National Park and the Belluno Dolomites National Park. Numerous parks and regional nature reserves of priceless beauty offer endless opportunities to immerse oneself in mountain nature.