Natural Parks

National Park Appennino Lucano


The Appennino Lucano National Park is one of the most various of the all region.


It extends largely west of Basilicata from north to south.


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National Park Appennino Lucano Val d’Agri Lagonegrese


The sinuous and special National Park of Appennino Lucano Val d’Agri Lagonegrese is a protected area in Basilicata, and is the youngest National Park in Italy.


It was established by Presidential decree on December 8th 2007.


Situated in the province of Potenza, the Val d’Agri Lagonegrese Park is in the heart of the Lucanian Apennines.


It has a strong human presence with a population of 90,000, shown by its archaeological site and religious destinations, and covering almost 69,000 hectares, is home to the valley of the River Agri, holding beautiful views and varieties of wildlife.


The mountains are populated largely by wolves and boar which live in the dense forest, and otters can be found in and around the streams and rivers.


It also houses many ancient villages with beautiful churches, and other historical sites such as the archaeological site of Grumentum.


The site boasts an ancient Roman city built in the 3rd century BC, of which some ruins remain, including the theatre, the italic little temple, the ‘house of mosaics’, the Forum, the Capitolium, the Augusteum, and the amphitheatre.


Other smaller reserves inside this Park include:


Appennino Lucano Mountain Volturino

Vulture mountain is located in the centre of the Lucanian Apennines.


It has a rich forest with an assortment of trees and many walkways, making it perfect for hiking and seeing the views of the Appennino Lucano Val d’Agri Lagonegrese National Park.


But it is also famous for its hilly volcanic districts which are the perfect place to grow grapes; it is here that the Aglianico del Vulture (DOC) wine is made.


Natural Reserve dell’Abetina di Laurenzana

This is a protected area managed by the province of Potenza and is a WWF Oasis.


It is located in the Lucanian Apennines and is well known for its types of fauna and also the silver fir tree.


The Lago Laudemio natural area

Little but very nice to see, it’s one of the most important zone of  regione.


Lake Laudemio is a Regional Natural reserve that is very picturesque.


The once glacial lake sits at on the slope of Monte Papa, part of the Sirino massif. It also has many places to eat in restaurants and converted farms in the area, along with hotels and shops.



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