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Stelvio National Park and Tonale Pass

What to see in Trentino? The attractions suggested by Trentino in Moto for the holiday in the mountain.

Stelvio National Park was selected by the government for special protection in 1935 but the regulations for its realisation were not stipulated until 1951. Stelvio National Park originally covered an area of approximately 96,000 hectares and in 1977 it was enlarged to the present 134.620 hectares. It is part of one of the largest and most important protected areas in Europe as it is joined to the Swiss National Park of Engadine and the Lombard Regional Park of "Adamello which borders on the Trentino Adamello Brenta Nature Park.

The Trentino section of the park extends entirely over two side valleys of Val di Sole: Val di Rabbi and Val di Peio. Higher up the forest thins and larch tends to prevail which in Val de la Mare, in Peio, grows with Arolla pine. These compete in the colonisation of the area with contorted bushes such as the alpenrose juniper and green alder in the cool gullies. The park's abundant flora will satisfy every visitor's naturalistic interest both for the better known and most admired alpine flowers and for the less obvious species in the dense underwood.

Then visiting the Trentino valleys in the park it is very interesting to see the numerous specimens of centuries od larch trees (over 500 years) pioneers of the high altitudes. Both the Rabbi and Peio valleys are full of Norway spruce and larch groves where there used to be grazing land and which often represent the natural return of the wood in areas previously exploited by man. The red deer is widely distributed in the Trentino section of the park.

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