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It stretches on a surface of 134.620 hectares, in the heart of the Central Alps and includes the whole mountain group of Ortles-Cevedale with its lateral valleys.
To the east the protected area is bounded by the Swiss National Park of Engadina, to the south by the Adamello national Park in Lombardy which is himself directly connected to Adamello Brenta Nature Park in Trentino. Towards the east, a few kilometres far from here, there is The Tressa Nature Park, while towards the west there is Livigno Valdidentro Park which the region Lombardy is going to institute. It is therefore an area placed in the hearth of the Alpine chain and can be considered one of the biggest and most interesting protected territory in Europe.
The project to protect this splendid alpine environment dates back to the beginning of this century and the bill passed on 24 April 1935. At first 96.000 hectars were put under protection. Then in 1997 the park was extended and reached the present dimensions.
Numerous animal species find their ideal habitat in the Park: from the big ungulates - roedeers, chamoises and ibexes – to the foxes, the squirrels and the stoat, from the wood grouse to the majestic eagles. Besides the animals, the vegetation and flora with their beauties can be considered another attraction of the Park. For this reason the presence of wide woods, pastures and lawns covered with flowers clearly justifies the necessity to protect those alpine areas.
From spring to autumn, the Park is filled with marvellous colours and sweet scents.
Rhododendron, gentian, martagon and red lily, arnica and many others seem to take part into a challenge to make lawns and woods more and more beautiful. In the Park different kinds of conifers cohabit, from the red to the white fir, from the larch to the stone and Swiss mountain pine.
There are rare and less known faunal kinds, as the "Scarpetta della Madonna", as well as others which are more popular, as the Stella Alpina: anyway all of them are amazing thanks to their beauty and the capacity to stand hard conditions. The Stelvio National Park’s fundamental caractheristic is the presence on its territory of many inhabited areas, from the typical "baite" scattered up in the mountains to the villages in the valley floor.
Consorzio del Parco Nazionale dello Stelvio
Via De Simoni, 42
23032 BORMIO SO
Tel. 0342 900811 - Fax 0342 900899
Bormio Tourist Office
Tel. +39 0342 903300 - firstname.lastname@example.org