The best national parks to visit in Italy this autumn

Autumn is perfect for visiting some of Italy's beautiful national parks / Unsplash
Autumn is perfect for visiting some of Italy's beautiful national parks / Unsplash
12 October 2020, Redaction

Autumn is often considered a melancholic and passing season on the way to the cold of winter. However, there is life after summer!

It is autumn that gives us the most beautiful and varied colours of foliage, with the trees changing and delighting onlookers, as well as fresh and sparkling air complete with its aromas and scents, from mushrooms to musk. The best way to get the most out of this autumn atmosphere is to immerse yourself in nature, and there's no better place to do so, than the Italian countryside. For this reason, it's time to take a tour through the most beautiful Italian national parks to visit this autumn.

You can visit them easily in a weekend, while taking advantage of where you can conveniently find your holiday rental, for short stays.

Stelvio National Park

Stelvio National Park is primarily found in the province of Trento in the Trentino South Tyrol region and is one of the most beautiful parks in Italy to visit in autumn, as well as being one of the oldest. The colours are bright and intense, with the red of the changing leaves and the blue of the many charming streams that cross the park all contributing to truly breathtaking landscape. If you are also looking for interesting activities and things to do with children, the park has a programme of activities, many of which are dedicated to the deer that populate the area: will you be able to spot one? For more about what the park has to offer, check out the website

Cilento and Vallo di Diano National Park

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To visit the Cilento and Vallo del Diano National Park, which is a Biosphere Reserve and was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1991, you need to travel to the province of Salerno. The trip is definitely worth it, since here you can admire the foliage of no less than 1800 types of native plants, while you relive centuries of history by visiting the beaches where Aeneas was left, as well as the remains of Paestum, the Greek colony of Elea and the Padula Charterhouse. This Italian national park provides visitors with the perfect combination of history, legend and colourful landscapes!

Gran Paradiso National Park

Nature at its best in autumn in the Gran Paradiso National Park! You will almost feel like you are entering a painting, as the extensive fir woods, the alpine meadows and pastures are a real work of art, as well as the stunning rocks and glaciers of this pearl in Val d'Aosta. On top of all of this, wild goats such as ibexes and chamois, as well as hares and eagle owls are just some of the many animals you will encounter during a visit to the park. It must be said, the Gran Paradiso, in autumn, is paradise for all intents and purposes!

Dolomiti Bellunesi National Park

Also a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2009, the Dolomiti Bellunesi National Park is home to a great variety of flora and fauna: here you can enjoy autumn among the large coniferous and deciduous forests, and stroll through vast meadows. The park also hosts a great biodiversity, and you can easily see different animals, from marmots to deer, as well as woodpeckers, golden eagles, alpine newts and horned vipers. Autumn, with its warm and relaxing colours, is really the perfect time to appreciate this enchanting spectacle of nature.

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