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Nature of Italy
Italy is rightly called one of the most beautiful countries in the world. The contrast between the snow-white Alps, the orange groves of Sicily and the vineyards of Tuscany fully reveals the uniqueness of the sunny side. The Apennine Peninsula is located in the southern part of the country, the Italian Alps, stretched in an arc, occupy the northern part and the Padan Plain passes between them. Most of the country is located in the subtropical zone and this particular location explains all the diversity of fauna, flora and climate of Italy. The area is rich in mountains, but there is no room for long and deep rivers. But in the Alps there are several lakes formed by glaciers.
The Italian Alps can be divided into 3 zones. At the bottom is a deciduous forest belt, consisting mainly of cork oaks, European olives, chestnuts, ash and cypresses. After them grow beech forests, turning into coniferous trees, there are a large number of larch and fir. In the middle zone, after the forest border, shrubby plants, such as alder, juniper or rhododendron, wild flowers, meadow of grass and grass predominate. At the highest point, the snow-capped peak, you can no longer find trees, shrubs or flowers, and the ground is covered with a large amount of moss and lichen.
Gran Paradiso National Park is located in a mountainous area near the eponymous peak. It covers a huge area of 700 square kilometers and fully lives up to its name. The nature of the park is truly unique, the young mountain systems are interrupted by a huge number of glacial valleys and slopes with dense growth of coniferous forests, which in turn turn into vast alpine meadows with rocky deserts and glaciers rising above them. Gran Paradiso is a place where wild goats, ibex, ermines and eagles can be observed in their natural habitat. The park is open to visitors all year round; in summer tourists prefer mountain trails, and in winter they go to the forests.
The Italian Marine National Park occupies a large area of the Tuscan archipelago, it covers both the land surface and part of the sea surface. The archipelago includes seven large and a huge number of small islands. Each of them is unique, united only by the incredible beauty of nature. The diversity of the natural ecosystem inhabited by all living organisms has made the park one of the most famous of its kind. At the bottom of the sea, in addition to densely growing algae, there is a rare red coral, several species of dolphins and mushrooms, as well as an endangered species of sea turtles.
Vesuvius National Park, located east of Naples, is an area of great importance from both a historical and geological point of view. Research is still ongoing throughout the park. Named after one of the most famous and active volcanoes in Europe, the park has become a paradise for six hundred and ten plant species, forty percent of which come from the Mediterranean. More than a hundred species of birds live in the green zone, the number of which increases during the migration season. And above the flowering fields, large butterflies with bright colors flutter, thus giving off a special charm to the park. A funicular and a footpath lead to Vesuvius Crater.
Explore the landscapes
Mountaineering enthusiasts in Italy can go to the Alps. The most attractive peaks for climbers are Matterhon, Mont Dolan and Monte Viso. The Matterhorn is located on the border with Switzerland and has a recognizable pointed shape. The height of the summit is almost 4.5 thousand meters, its conquest is one of the most difficult, the mountain remained unconquered for a long time due to its frightening appearance. Climbing there is suitable only for professionals. Mont Dolan was conquered more than a hundred years ago; climbing it is considered relatively less difficult. Mount Monte Viso has been repeatedly mentioned in the poems of Virgil, its height is 3.8 kilometers, the ascent belongs to the 2-3 group of difficulty. From the summit, you can see the border with France and enjoy magnificent alpine views.
Diving is another fashionable destination for active tourism in Italy. The best diving sites are in Liguria in the waters of the Ligurian Sea, in Sicily, Sardinia, the Pontic archipelago. Off the coast of Italy, there is no such variety of the underwater world as in tropical countries, but under water you can find a huge number of artifacts. Off the coast of Sicily are ships that sank during wars, some of which have been buried at the bottom of the sea since Roman times. Off the coast of Ustica in Sicily, you can dive into underwater caves and meet local inhabitants - barracudas, tuna, stingrays, moray eels. At the bottom off the coast of the Pontic archipelago, many divers are hoping to find the missing pirate treasure. Diving at Cape Portofino is very popular; off the coast of the Elbe Island you can find red corals, squid, jellyfish, sea urchins, and scorpions.
Surfing, kiting and windsurfing enthusiasts will also find great spots in Italy. The most popular spots are located off the coast of Sardinia, where you can surf all year round thanks to the good weather. The wind in Liguria is more capricious and unstable, however, there are excellent conditions for extreme water sports. The best surfing spot in the region is the Golden Beach, and the best time to tame the waves is winter and spring. Kitesurfing and windsurfing can be practiced not only on the seaside, but also on inland lakes, where the water surface is calmer and the wind is more stable. The most popular resort is Lake Garda at the foot of the Alps.
Lovely weather in Italy
The climate of one of the sunniest countries in the world - Italy - varies from region to region. It is temperate in the north, and subtropical Mediterranean in the south and center of the country. Summers are usually hot: the temperature in the center of the country in July is around + 24°C, and winters are cool and foggy(January is about 0°C). The farther south, the warmer: in summer the temperature will rise to +32°C, and in winter - up to +5°C.
Precipitation also falls unevenly: near the Alps it is about 1200mm per year and heavy snowfalls in winter. In the central regions of the country - no more than 750mm of rain, mostly in winter. In the south of Italy, as well as in Sicily and Sardinia, it is even drier - hardly 500mm a year falls. But the south can boast of strong hot winds from the Sahara "sirocco". They usually blow from March to October, forcing temperatures up to + 35°C, bringing dust and dryness with them.