Sila National Park

Sila National Park, San Giovanni in Fiore: Address, Phone Number, Sila National Park Reviews: 4.5/5

Sila National Park
4.5
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The Park includes the 3 areas denominated “Sila Grande”, “Sila Piccola” and “Sila Greca”for a total of 73.695 hectares. Tourism within the National Park Of the Sila, is in continuous development through the touristic activities mainly bounded to the winter season and the fruition of the ski lifts . Many qualified services were born bounded to the vacation activities (trekking, orienteering, etc.).In the National Park of the Sila, there are two visiting centers functioning: the Visiting Center of “Cupone”, within the municipal of Spezzano della Sila (CS) and the Visiting Center of “Monaco”, within the municipal of Taverna (CZ).
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2TravVzs
United States37 contributions
Unexpected beauty, clear air, unique animals and il Gigante
Oct. 2019
If you wisely make your way to Calabria, be sure to include at least a day to visit the Sila. (Outdoors lovers, hikers, campers will want more time!) The mountains, lakes and plains and the park area are beautiful and rich with great flora and animals to see and, outside of the high lively summer holiday season, wonderfully free from tourists/tour groups.

Our first stop was the Il Gigante (the giants - a grove of very tall larch pines and mountain maples planted in the seventeenth century) and it's walking trail. Within 10 minutes, we were becoming believers in the healing and special qualities of the air that locals espouse. Then, as we moved around the park, beautiful hillsides, unique local cattle grazing in rocky road-side hilly areas, just-harvested potato fields, made for a particularly relaxing and informative day. In and just outside of the park we enjoyed the local Sila potatoes, vegetables, cheese and breads. (Unusual for us as we seldom take time for food experiences.)

It is UNESCO tentative listed. We did not want to leave, and asked our guide to just keep taking us to more areas of the park.
Written January 11, 2020
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Franco P
Falkirk, UK5 contributions
La Sila
Aug. 2018 • Couples
Great place to visit if you enjoy nature and the out doors. I’ve been going for a number of years and enjoy cycling in the park. Food is also great with all local produce.
Written August 7, 2018
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Ali H
New Malden, UK39 contributions
Pine forest, streams, hills and a lake
Jul. 2017 • Solo
If you like the outdoors this is worth a visit when in the area.

It would be advisable to drive around the park first and then pick your starting point for a hike as there are several - this will allow you you get your bearings and choose what area you want to cover.

There are hikes to suit everyone from the light stroll to the hardcore 5hr all day job.

Strong shoes, water and some food are a must. There are toilets, a few cafes and spaces for barbecues.

The drive from Catanzaro lido to the national park is 1.5 hrs but allows you to take in some of southern Italys most breathtaking scenery, but leave early and ensure you have a GPS with road closure updates as the multiple mountain bridges and tunnels can be closed off with diversions through small mountain villages

Written July 18, 2017
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Dana G
Bucharest, Romania31 contributions
Omg what a drive!
May 2017
Around 65 kilometers of beautiful road with incredible views, a lot of camping areas and restaurants, bike friendly, lakes, forests and everything a nature lover might desire. One of the best surprises Italy offered us.
Written May 19, 2017
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Betula103
Australia7,898 contributions
Not the place for a short visit.
Oct. 2015 • Friends
If you want to do long treks this would be a wonderful place, in which case you need many, many hours. We were taken there on a tour for a couple of hours and were extremely disappointed because there was a lot of travel involved getting there and the Tourist Centre displays were very poor when compared with other similar places in many countries I have visited. We felt that very little care was taken with maintenance of the area; this attitude being apparent in many places in Calabria including the capital Conzenza. When you go into the neighbouring province of Apulia you immediately notice it is so much better maintained. Our Italian tour guide said it is typical of the easy-going attitude in Calabria.
Written January 17, 2016
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Bobandmaggie
Haywards Heath, UK521 contributions
Beautiful Park
May 2015 • Solo
This is a lovely Park and there are some wonderful walks taking in all the natural beauty. Wildlife is in abundance. You could spend hours exploring. One observation don't try and drive the complete circuit around the park by car as the roads/tracks are very treacherous. You should only attempt this if you have a 4x4.
Written May 31, 2015
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ELear
Ancona, Italy3,163 contributions
The Sila Greca
Sep. 2014 • Solo
In the north of the Sila National Park there's an area called the Sila Greca, which, while it doesn't have the skiing, the dramatic mountains and deep forests of the main Sila Grande, is unique for its history and culture. Above all, see the ancient Collegio di Sant'Adriano, with mysterious mediaeval zoomorphic mosaics on the floor, in San Demetrio Corone, near Acri.
Written December 3, 2014
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587Helen1983
Israel47 contributions
Sila National Park Italy
Oct. 2014 • Couples
If you like hiking this is a beautiful park especially at this time of the year. It also happened to be the mushroom festival and there are plenty in the forests and being sold in the markets.
Trees are changing colors and it is very scenic. The center has an explanation of the vegetation and geological development of the park in English and Italian.
We stayed in a small town by the name of Camigliatello
Written October 19, 2014
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MrSatan79
London, UK93 contributions
Lovely walkings
Sep. 2014 • Couples
Sila is a beautiful park in the middle of calabria with 3 lovely lakes. It is a perfect place to walk in the nature and eat in a small restaurant in the middle of nowhere. Please consider that there is not an "entrance": the park is a huge area of calabria and you can cross it as you prefer. There are several interesting places but, in general, you can find trekking paths everywhere.
Written September 12, 2014
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Rivergirl
Fairmont, WV33 contributions
Great park to hike.
Aug. 2013 • Family
The beauty was unbelievable. We hiked all day with our Italian Cugino's ( cousins).. and had so many things to talk about in nature.
Written December 11, 2013
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