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Stelvio National Park
Stelvio National Park

Stelvio National Park (Lombardy / Trentino-Alto Adige)

The Stelvio National Park, situated on the borders of the Italian regions of Trentino-Alto Adige, Lombardy, and Switzerland, is the 4th largest national park, by area, in Italy. It was established in 1935 and covers an area of just over 1,300 square kilometres, mostly between 2,000 and 3,000 metres above sea level.

Stelvio National Park
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The highest peak is the Ortler at 3,905 metres. The park borders two other national parks: the Swiss National Park to the north and the Adamello National Park to the south. In addition to its spectacular mountain scenery of glaciers, waterfalls, glacial lakes and towering mountain peaks, the national park also offers beautiful valleys, huge forests and many pretty alpine villages and farms.

Stelvio National Park
Stelvio Pass - Photo: Amcs1983

The principal valleys in the Stelvio National Park are: Venosta, Martello, Trafoi, Rabbi, Peio and Valtellina. The 'Stelvio Pass' has the reputation of being one of the highest and most spectacular of the Alpine passes to drive down. The Stelvio National Park is dominated by the 'Ortler Alps' mountain range, known as 'Ortles-Cevedale' in Italian and 'Ortler-Alpen' in German.

Stelvio National Park
Ortler ascent - Photo: Noclador

Like all national parks, the area is a haven for all kinds of nature and wildlife. The 'Glacier Buttercup' can be found here. It has the record as being the highest blossoming plant, having been found at 4,275 metres. The area is also home to the Marmot, the Alpine Ibex and the Chamois as well as many species of birds, such as woodpeckers, owls and golden eagles.

Stelvio National Park
Glacier Buttercup - Photo: Alinja

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Ortler Alps Principal Peaks
Name (Local name) Height (m)
Ortler Ortles 3,905
Gran Zebrù Königspitze 3,857
Monte Cevedale Zufallspitze 3,774
Palón della Mare - 3,705
Punta San Matteo - 3,692
Monte Vioz - 3,645
Punta Thurwieser Thurwieserspitze 3,641
Pizzo Tresero - 3,602
Cima Vertana Vertainspitze 3,541
Punta delle Bàite Tuckettspitze 3,458
Cima Sternai Hintere Eggenspitze 3,443
Gioveretto Zufrittspitze 3,439
Cima Venezia Veneziaspitze 3,384
Croda di Cengles Tschenglser Hochwand 3,378
Monte Confinale - 3,370
Corno dei Tre Signori - 3,360
Monte Sobretta - 3,296
Orecchia di Lepre Hasenöhrl 3,257
Monte Gavia - 3,223
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