National Park of Calabria
Even our South, the land of the sun and the sea, has its angle of Scandinavia: the Sila, the heart of the National Park, an oasis of cool summer with its endless pine forests and enchanting view in the winter when the snow falls.
The protected area of a great ecological importance, the Park of Calabria is divided in distinct areas: the Sila Grande in the province of Cosenza, with the extension of 7,000 hectares and the Small Sila in the province of Catanzaro, with an extension of 5,700 hectares.
Between 1,100 and 1,700 meters above sea level, the whole territory is covered by forests and lakes; many plant species live and coexist in this plateau, but the Corsican or Silane pine is the true ruler of the whole territory, reaching venerable age and exceptional size. One of the most fascinating forests is Fossiata, not far from Camigliatello, while in the town of Fallistro you can see the so-called Giants of Sila, old specimens of about four hundred years.
A wolf is the most representative animal of the park; deers, wild boars, squirrels, foxes and many species of birds are among the animals that you can meet in any season in Sila.