Gran Paradiso is Italy’s oldest national park. It was founded in 1922 in order to protect the stunning Alpine ibex. Now it is home to a great number of rare spieces of plants and animals. It is situated in the regions of Piedmont and Aosta Valley in north-west Italy and stretches over 703 square kilometres.
There are many challenging as well as easy walks in the park’s valleys and dizzily high mountains, with the highest peak, Gran Paradiso, reaching 4061m. Fitter hikers can admire spectacular views of some of the 57 park’s glaciers, which are, unfortunately, disappearing fast due to global warming.