Our faithful followers know how much we care about all those Italian sites awarded by UNESCO as World Heritage Sites. All along the Italian territory, there are 53 UNESCO sites. Last July, UNESCO gave the important prize to the Old Beech Forest, which is inside the National Park of Abruzzo, Lazio and Molise.
This prestigious award has a special double meaning. In fact, this is the first time that the region of Abruzzo is awarded by UNESCO, and for the first time an Italian forest has been added in the World Heritage Sites list.
The Old Beech Forest of Abruzzo is part of the Primordial Beech Forest located in the Carpathian Mountains and in other European Areas. These beech woods have a big value, since their centuries-old trees have a high biodiversity level.
The National Park is located among the three Italian central regions, but it is in Abruzzo that our travellers can walk or hike in its widest area. The park was established and opened in 1923 and it is one of the oldest Italian park. It is well known abroad because of its excellent work in keeping safe some important animal species, such as the wolf and the bear.