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Parco Naz. del Cilento e Vallo di Diano
The National Park of Cilento and Vallo di Diano , founded in 1991, covers a vast territory of southern Campania, bounded on the north by the plain of Paestum, on the east by the Vallo di Diano, west and south from the Tyrrhenian Sea (more precisely in the south is washed by the waters of the Gulf of Policastro). The park area is not only large but also diverse, because it includes both mountain environments, with peaks ranging from 1898 m to 1130 Cervati of Mount Stella, and hilly areas, and marine environments of great beauty and variety, including which features the Cape Palinuro. The nature is still wild and pristine, especially in remote areas, traversed by few roads. Yet, almost as if time has magically stopped, the memories of ancient civilizations and lost towns are frequent and impressive. The flora and fauna of the Park are unique. As soon as they cross borders, descending from the mountains to the sea, was attacked as an intense aroma of the Mediterranean euphorbia tree, helichrysum, the cistus, the mastic, myrtle and rosemary. In spring the hills shall gild the fragrant yellow gorse and grass dewy bloom orchids. But the symbol of the Park is perhaps the primrose of Palinuro, which is named as the head of the same name, by the unfortunate helmsman of Aeneas, the legend would be kidnapped, but the clear waters wild, due to a sleep traitor. The primrose grows through the cracks of the rocks of the promontory on the coast and the surrounding area within a radius of no more than fifty miles. It is considered by botanists a biological rarity, almost a living fossil, and is considered the grandfather of all European wild primroses, the only one who chose to live by the sea. It blooms very early, in late winter, when the air in the early spring of Cilento portends the glory of the summer to come.
Parco Nazionale del Cilento e del Vallo di Diano
These images are taken from the book "I parchi e le aree protette" by TCI - Touring Club Italiano - 1999.
Lepre comune Lontra Picchio Primula di Palinuro

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