Aspromonte National Park
|Parco Nazionale dell'Aspromonte|
|Nearest city||Reggio di Calabria|
|Area||641.53 km2 (247.70 sq mi)|
|Governing body||Ministero dell'Ambiente|
The park lies near the sea and includes mountain summits nearly reaching the 2,000 meters of height (Montalto is 1,955 m).
The park's territory, crossed by several watercourses, is populated by important species such as Italian wolf, peregrine falcon, Eurasian eagle-owl and northern goshawk. Most of the territory is dominated by forests of beech, silver fir, black pine, holm oak, sweet chestnut and Mediterranean maquis shrubland. A couple of rare species live here: Bonelli's eagle and a tropical fern, Woodwardia radicans.
Surrounded by the Mediterranean, the park is also rich in historical, artistic and archaeological value.
- Yearbook of the Italian Parks 2005, edited by Comunicazione in association with Federparchi and the Italian State Tourism Board ISBN 88-7585-011-9