Top Ten Italy Classic Adventures

Explore Italy's Biggest Park
By Valerio Diotto

Stelvio, Italy's biggest park, is in the middle of the Alps near Swiss Engadina. It lies on the huge Ortles-Cevedale massif, and has numerous glaciers and valleys to explore—plus some spectacular wildlife. Stelvio's territory ranges in elevation from 650 to 4000 meters, with flora and fauna that change as you explore different areas. Up to about 2000 meters, the park is covered by fir forests and pastures. From there, the colorful alpine flora take over and continue into higher elevations. You'll find deer, chamois, eagles, and marmots living here. Some valleys within the park, like Peio, are renowned for their mineral waters.

The best season to visit is from June to September when the refuges are open, and in winter when ski lifts are open. It takes a week to traverse the whole park, with some areas accessible only to expert climbers. Shorter, easier itineraries are also possible—just don't miss the Forni glacier tour, which is accessible to everybody.


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