VAL GRANDE NATIONAL PARK
The Val Grande National Park is located in the province of Novara (Piedmont) and was established by Ministerial Decree of 2 March 1992 and is the classic example of an uninhabited area, where flora and fauna are the absolute masters.
Here, in 1971, the first Italian integral reserve was established, now included in the park.
The peculiarity of the Val Grande is that it has not always been uninhabited; in fact, up to a century ago, the territory of the Park has undergone occupation and exploitation by man. The marble was extracted from the quarries of the Val Grande for the construction of the Milan Cathedral, the forests have undergone the removal of large quantities of wood used for the construction of many buildings in the Lombard capital.
The total area of the park is 12,210 hectares.