Sila Panorama Lucano Flora Museo Uomo e Foresta (Museum of man and forest) Outside Lucano Panorama Rowing Lucano Farfalla Lago Cecita (Lake Cecita) Snow in Sila
Legambiente Basilicata Fondazione Telecom

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The Area

“In Vacanza nei Parchi” (On Vacation in the Parks) is a tourist promotion project funded by Fondazione Telecom and sponsored by a partnership made up of the Parco Nazionale dell'Appennino Lucano Val d’Agri-Lagonegrese (Appennino Lucano - Val d’Agri - Lagonegrese National Park), Parco Nazionale della Sila (Sila National Park) and the NPO Legambiente Basilicata Onlus (Basilicata Environmental Association, an NPO), that provides the portal ( www.invacanzaneiparchi.it), allowing potential visitors, including those using computer devices (PCs, mobile phones etc.), to “build” their own vacation in the Park with a few simple clicks and a single payment (inclusive of accommodation, activities, tours, etc.), with guaranteed enjoyment of quality facilities.

Both Parks, the Sila and the Appennino Lucano - Val d'Agri - Lagonegrese, are important links in the chain of protection of biodiversity in the protected areas of the southern Apennines, and play a strategic role in the APE project - Appennino Parco d'Europa (Apennines - Park of Europe) - which envisions the Apennines as a single system from an environmental, economic and social perspective.

"In Vacanza nei Parchi" is an opportunity to promote and improve the range of the tourist attractions in the two Parks, boosting quality nature tourism through the creation of a network, the NTL (Network Turistico Locale - Local Tourism Network), of all operators and providers of tourism-related services who meet the criteria of environmental sustainability of supply, and who will be included in the online portal that gives visitors the opportunity to custom build their vacations.
Essentially the portal functions as an online tour operator, created specifically to promote and improve the range of tourist attractions within the areas of the two Parks, and it is also a model that can be replicated in similar contexts in other protected areas.

The quality of the proposed services and offerings is audited and certified using shared operational protocols with which operators participating in the Network comply, specifically by signing a Regolamento della Qualità Ambientale (RQA) (Environmental Quality Regulation), which must be strictly observed.

The Local Tourism Network (NTL) is therefore a set of facilities or businesses that offer sustainable, quality services within the two protected areas, and is made up of accommodation and wine and food tourism operators, recreational and leisure services operators, enterprises engaged in the production and/or marketing of local products (including those that are certified), local arts and crafts operators, and tour operators responsible for the organization and conducting of package tours and organized travel.

To guarantee compliance with the RQA, the quality of service provided is subject to periodic audits; in addition, membership of the NTL is confirmed by the displaying of the project logo by the member operators recognized by the Parks.

Municipalities

Abriola

A typical mountain village some 1000 metres above sea level, Abriola has distant origins.
It has come ...

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Acri

The town is located in Sila Greca 720 meters above sea level and extends over the mountain peaks. In ...

Parco della Sila

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Albi

Located in the Sila Piccola SPA in the province of Catanzaro, Albi is the most accessible town from ...

Parco della Sila

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Anzi

Anzi, formerly Anxia, was a powerful and wealthy city, as documented by numerous archaeological finds ...

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Aprigliano

Aprigliano, 718 meters above sea level in the province of Cosenza, has one of the largest territories ...

Parco della Sila

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Armento

Built on chalkland and flanked by spectacular ravines, Armento (from "arimiento”, land for ...

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Bocchigliero

Located in the Sila Grande SPA, Bocchigliero (Cosenza province) stands on a high spur, offering visitors ...

Parco della Sila

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Brienza

Brienza is the meeting point of the Agri, Melandro and Diano valleys. It is a classic example of a fortified ...

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Calvello

For the visitor, Calvello is an intricate system of narrow streets to wander, immersing oneself in a ...

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Carbone

The small hamlet, hovering 690 metres above sea level, was built in the ninth century AD with the name ...

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Castelsaraceno

Amongst the beautiful scenery offered by Monte Raparo is Castelsaraceno, a village that runs along the ...

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Celico

Situato nella ZPS della Sila Grande, Celico (Cs), si erge a circa 750 metri sul livello del mare. In ...

Parco della Sila

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Corigliano Calabro

Situato nella ZPS della Sila Grande in posizione centrale nella Piana di Sibari, Corigliano Calabro ...

Parco della Sila

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Cotronei

In the north-eastern part of Sila Piccola, between the valleys of the rivers Neto and Tacina, stands ...

Parco della Sila

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Gallicchio

Gallicchio is a small village halfway up the Agri Valley, rising out of the rocks of the “Fosso ...

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Grumento Nova

In the centre of the Upper Agri Valley, Grumento Nova, the ancient Saponara, is located a short distance ...

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Lagonegro

Lagonegro appears for the first time in historical documents in 1079 under the name of Lacusniger. ...

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Laurenzana

Its strategic location allowed the Normans, in the twelfth century, to construct a fortress around which ...

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Lauria

Several theories attempt to reconstruct its origins. One holds that on the “Piano dei Peri” ...

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Longobucco

Situato nella ZPS della Sila Grande e immerso nel Parco Nazionale della Sila, Longobucco (Cs) sorge ...

Parco della Sila

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Magisano

Just 20 kilometres from Catanzaro is Magisano. Originally it was called Vucisano, from vucissi, a ...

Parco della Sila

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Marsico Nuovo

From historical sources (Pliny in particular) we have records of the ancient Abellinum Marsicum, founded ...

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Marsicovetere

At the foot of the area, in the Civita district, various excavations have brought to light remains of ...

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Mesoraca

Established in 1600 AD by the Oenotrians, it was inhabited by the Greeks, who called it Mesorachion, ...

Parco della Sila

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Moliterno

The ancient name “Moliterna” lifts the veil on the history of the country, which unfolds ...

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Montemurro

Long since considered the pearl of the Upper Agri Valley, the area was certainly already shaped by human ...

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Nemoli

From the Latin nemus (woods), the old name highlights the vast expanses of green here.
The ancient ...

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Paterno

Paterno only became an independent municipality in 1973, when it managed to gain independence from Marsico ...

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Pedace

Situato nella ZPS della Sila Grande alle pendici del monte Stella, sorge Pedace (Cs) a circa 590 metri ...

Parco della Sila

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Petilia Policastro

It is an ancient village, and its magnificent walls are a fine example of military architecture. In ...

Parco della Sila

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Petronà

Located in the Sila Piccola SPA in the province of Catanzaro, the district stretches out over the slopes ...

Parco della Sila

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Pignola

Distributed along concentric circles, shrinking as they reach the highest point of the area, Pignola, ...

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Rivello

Its name appears for the first time in 1079 in official documents (the seal of the bishop of Alfano) ...

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San Chirico Raparo

According to some sources, there was a human presence here in pre-Christian times, linked to the ancient ...

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San Giovanni in Fiore

Here is where the Bandieri brothers were captured.
Perched at approximately 1049 metres above sea level, ...

Parco della Sila

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San Martino D'Agri

The Museo Nazionale di Policoro (National Museum of Policoro) preserves traces of the most ancient ...

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Sarconi

In Roman times and outside the city walls, probably near the present-day village centre, there was a ...

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Sasso di Castalda

From the earliest human settlements arising before the year 1000 (in particular the core settlements ...

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Satriano di Lucania

The municipality of Alta Val Melandro is mentioned for the first time in official sources in reference ...

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Savelli

The name originates from the benefactor Carlotta Savelli who, in 1638 in the village of Scalzaporri, ...

Parco della Sila

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Serra Pedace

The town overlooks the Cardone and Fiumicello streams and is the most attractive part of Sila, containing, ...

Parco della Sila

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Sersale

Located on the edge of the part of Sila lying within Catanzaro province, Sersale is considered the ...

Parco della Sila

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Spezzano Piccolo

Rich in springs, such as those of Sant'Angelo, Acquicella, Piedirosso, Cinello and Piturro, it ...

Parco della Sila

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Spezzano della Sila

This is one of the largest districts in the part Sila lying within Cosenza province, located about 8 ...

Parco della Sila

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Spinoso

The village, with Monte Raparo behind it, is reflected in Lake Pietra di Pertusillo.
Like many towns ...

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Taverna

In the Sila Piccola SPA, about 520 meters above sea level, lies the village of Taverna, on the slopes ...

Parco della Sila

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Tito

Il primo insediamento umano nell'area doveva sorgere su un'altura a nord-est del monte che domina Tito. ...

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Tramutola

Antico casale della città di Grumentum, distrutto dai Saraceni alla fine del X secolo, venne ...

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Viggiano

Attorno al X secolo nel territorio viggianese era presente un monastero di monaci basiliani attorno ...

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Zagarise

A municipality in the province of Catanzaro, located in the Sila Piccola SPA, with a part of its territory ...

Parco della Sila

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