The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the world's top body for parks and nature reserves, has welcomed 10 new entries to its "green list" of protected and conserved areas. Making the list are some of the best nature reserves and natural parks in Italy which have been recognised as some of the best in the world. Let's find out which ones feature.
Joining the green list are the Tuscan Archipelago National Park and the Foreste Casentinesi, Monte Falterona, Campigna National Park. The first of these wonderful Italian national parks is made up of 7 islands with incredible endemic floral diversity. The main one is the Island of Elba, the largest of the islands in the Tuscan Archipelago National Park, which is part of the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve Islands of Tuscany.
The 7 beautiful islands that make up Tuscan Archipelago National Park are home to a host of unique colours, so much so that they have been called the "7 pearls of Venus". This is because, according to an ancient legend, these islands were the work of to the goddess of love who came out of the sea to try to tie a necklace of pearls given to her by Paris, which fell into the sea and were transformed into what are now Gorgona, Capraia, Elba, Pianosa, Montecristo, Giglio and Giannutri.
Secondly, also recognised as one of the best nature reserves in Italy, the Foreste Casentinesi, Monte Falterona, Campigna National Park is located in the Tuscan-Romagna Apennines. One of the largest and oldest beech forests in Italy is preserved here. This area is considered a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is also recognised by the European Diploma of Protected Areas, as up to 80% of this area is covered by woods.