Adamello Park

Parco dell'Adamello

Parco dell'Adamello

Adamello Park, located in the heart of the Rhaetian Alps, covers 510 square kilometres on the left orographic side of the Camonica Valley, in the north-eastern portion of the Province of Brescia.

Adamello Park lies on the border between the regions of Lombardy and Trentino. Its western boundary is situated slightly above the left bank of the Oglio, the fifth longest river in Italy. The importance of Adamello Park is enhanced by its location, since it acts as a bridge between the two parks that are adjacent: to the east it borders with the Trentino Adamello -Brenta Park, to the north it borders with the Stelvio National Park.

On the numerous marked trails that run through the park, the high alpine landscape is displayed in all its glory. The park offers numerous and equally impressive (though less challenging) routes to explore on foot, horseback or mountain bike in the most beautiful valleys of the protected area. The natural environment of the Adamello Park is renowned for its exceptional wealth of flora and vegetation.

The park is densely populated with chestnut groves and mixed forests of alder, maple, hornbeam, ash, birch, oak and cherry trees. The forests of red spruce are also compact and extensive, which at higher altitudes give way to bright larch forests. As you move up the mountain you will find dwarf shrubs, mainly of green alder, willow and pine with a large number of rhododendron and juniper. At an altitude of about 2300 metres there are Alpine pastures, rich with gentian violets, pasqueflowers, saxifrage, soldanella and edelweiss. You may also catch a glimpse of moss and lichen, which also inhabit the desert snow line along with Alpine chrysanthemum, the glacier buttercup, and certain varieties of androsace and saxifrage.

Adamello Park is also home to many rare and endemic species as well as typical alpine wildlife: deer, chamois, ibex, mountain hare, marmot, weasel, ermine, fox, marten, squirrel, dormouse, hedgehog, Alpine shrew and the snow vole.

Adamello Park is also important for the prehistoric rock drawings that have been discovered in certain areas within the confines of the reserve. These landmarks provide important iconographic clues about Italy's ancient past.

Wonderful examples of rural alpine architecture can also be found in Adamello Park. Partially preserved up to this day, these structures attest to the commitment and respect our ancestors had for this land.

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