Italy has 18 National Parks, 89 Regional Parks, over 400 reserves, 47 protected wetlands, and seven marine reserves. Italy’s oldest national park, Gran Paradiso, is in Valle d’Aosta. It was originally the hunting grounds of the ruling House of Savoy, who donated the first 5000 acres to the people in 1919. Because this was once a royal hunting reserve, there are about 450 miles of marked trails and mule-tracks, which makes it a paradise for advanced and inexperienced hikers alike. It includes a large territory of high mountains, from the 800 meters of the bottom of the valleys to the 4,061 meters of the Gran Paradiso peak. Larch and fir woods, picturesque alpine grasslands, rocks, and glaciers make up an ideal scenery for hiking and trekking. Today the mountain of Gran Paradiso is generally considered an easy climb, except for the last 60 metres to the top. So pack your bags and experience the paradise of Gran Paradiso National Park.