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Parco Nazionale della Sila

Parco Nazionale della Sila

The Sila National Park was established by the reunification of the two areas of the existing Calabria Park, established in 1968. It is located around Mount Pettinascura, in “Sila Grande” (Great Sila), and Mount Gariglione, in the “Sila Piccola” (Small Sila). Sila is a vast plateau that offers the largest wooded area of the whole southern Italy. Inside the park there are 3 of the 6 artificial basins on the plateau of the Sila. Large are the valleys that open up along the ridges of the park where it is practiced pastoralism, with forms of transhumance and pastures that still resist, and agriculture mainly linked to the cultivation of the potato of Sila IGP. The flora is characterized by pine and larches on the plateau of the Great Sila, and by white spruce on the Small Sila, and several specimens are revered like the giant pines. Widespread is the beech for the favorable altitude and the climate. Almost legendary the wild forest of Fossiata, in Sila Grande, where springs gush forth in the midst of alders and ferns, reeds, and daffodils. These sources give rise to the three main rivers: the Cecita, which gives rise to the eponymous lake, the Lese and the Neto. As for the fauna there are wolves and wild cats. At night prowl dormice and Quercini mice, while in the sky we can see eagles and eagle owls who chase the preys in competition with foxes, martens and weasels.

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