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The Sila national Park: photo description (Parco nazionale della Sila)

National Park "Sila" area of about 74 thousand hectares was founded in 1997-m to year on the eponymous mountain plateau in Calabria. In addition to the unique beauty of its landscapes, stretching in all directions to the mountains of the Pollino and Aspromonte and coasts of the Ionian and the Tyrrhenian seas, the Park can boast the presence of old picturesque villages with priceless cultural and historical heritage and tourist resorts. The highest peaks of the Park are Monte Botte Donato (1928 m) and Monte Gallone (1764 m). The Park is crossed by several water streams with fresh water. Here you can find a number of artificial lakes created for different purposes. The wildlife Park is rich and diverse.

Year-round national Park "Power" is open for visitors. On its territory there are many Hiking and Cycling routes, introducing the landscapes of these places, their history and their inhabitants. In the visitor center of the Park you can get any information on routes and locations. It is home to several thematic exhibitions (multimedia and interactive) - "Forest Force", "Forest and Man", etc. Recently opened three small eco-Museum is one in the town Zagarise, the other in Albi and the third in Longobucco.

As for the mountain plateau of Power, it is located in the provinces of Cosenza, Crotone and Catanzaro, and is divided into the force of the Greek, Sila Grande and Sila Piccola (Greek, Big and Small). The first inhabitants of the area were tribes of bruttium. Then the Force became part of the Roman Empire, was conquered by the Ostrogoths, the Byzantines and the Normans. The latter was founded on its several monasteries - San Marco Argentano in Matino, Sambucina in Luzzi and Abbey in San Giovanni in Fiore. In 1448-1535 the years here there were immigrants from Albania who settled in the Ionian coast, the plateau, creating community the Power of Greek.

After joining Italy in the mid-19th century, Power became the basis of the robbers. And then across the mountainous plateau was laid the first roads that ended the isolation of local villages. Today, some of them, like Camigliatello and Palumbo Sila, are popular tourist resorts.