Italy to create new trekking route connecting all national parks

ITALY has announced that it will create a new hiking trail that will link up all of the country’s national parks in one long route. 

The project, named Sentiero dei Parchi, ‘Trail of the Parks,’ is thanks to a collaboration between the Italian Ministry of the Environment and the Italian Alpine Club. 

The new trekking route will connect all 25 of Italy’s national parks and will take hikers over mountain ranges, along coastlines, and out to the islands of Sardinia and Sicily. 

“I think there was no better occasion to celebrate European Parks Day, than to sign a protocol between the Italian Alpine Club and the Ministry of the Environment,” Italian Alpine Club President Vincenzo Torti said in a statement

Environment Minister Sergio Costa added that, “National parks are a treasure trove of nature, we must guarantee their conservation, but also their usability.”

The route will build on the existing Italy Trail which already links 16 national parks. The new trekking trail will connect the other nine parks as well as nature reserves and UNESCO heritage sites.

Like the Camino de Santiago and other long treks, hikers will be able to collect stamps in a passport en-route, and those completing the trail will receive recognition from the Ministry of the Environment and the Italian Alpine Club.

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