Green lung of campania, the park extends for 15.600 acres and includes 22 towns of the Avellino, Benevento, Caserta and Napoli area. The Partenio mountains dominate the park, a stretched-out shape that runs for more than 25 km, reaches its highest peaks in Montevergine and in the Monti di Avella, brings down spring water towards the valley and expands in the Caudina and Sabato valleys. The many caves and dolines are a sign of the karstic nature of the area. Olm and chestnut trees populate the woods that are the area’s predominant trait. At higher heights meadows and arboreous vegetations are used as grazing lands. Many flower species contribute to the park’s biologic diversity among which Martagone’s lillies, symbol of the park, carnations and violets. The park can be easily reached, many paths start from town centers and then up to the mountaqins. There are also places of historical and cultural interest such as the sanctuary of Monte Vergine, the Avella amphitheatre, the medieval castle in Cervinara, the Angioin tower of Summonte, just to mention a few. This land’s products are special as well: black truffles, nuts, asparagus, and the wine Fiano di Avellino, enriching this discovery voyage of the Partenio park.
Photo: “Sui sentieri del Partenio località Incoronata” – Fiore Silvestro Barbato from Napoli