Stelvio National Park in the heart of the Alps is known for it’s epic landscapes and diverse environments. A part of Italy that you do not want to miss.
Stelvio National Park is 134,620 hectares in the heart of the Central Alps, so covers quite a vast area.
To be more specific, it covers the four provinces of Trento, Bolzano, Brescia and Sondrio. Depending on where you’re staying in Northern Italy will completely depend on which part of Stelvio National Park you will visit.
Unless you book a private guided tour with your accommodation the best option is to drive towards the national park and find the nearest information centre to start your nature trail.
Many hotels in the regions surrounding the park have bus transfers available.
We highly recommend renting a car because you have the opportunity to explore the area in your own time. You can park up and head off on any trail you like.
If you rent a car for your entire trip in Italy, you can pick the car up from the airport in which you land and drive from there into Trentino. Another option is of course a private taxi to the lake.
Stelvio National Park is the largest Italian park, situated in the north of Italy and also one of the largest in Europe. Stelvio National Park is in the centre of the Alps, therefore close to the border of Switzerland.
It covers the four provinces of Trento, Bolzano, Brescia and Sondrio and offers a unique scenery of glaciers, waterfalls, glacial lakes and waterways, extensive woodlands, cultivated areas, mountain farms which are inhabited the whole year round.
Not all of Stelvio National Park is high altitude either. In some places it’s can reach up to almost 4000 metres but in others, it’s only just over 600 metres above sea level. Hence why there is such a vast range of diverse environments to discover. From a wide range of flora and fauna, to stunning mountain and valley scenery, and many glaciers.
Between the Provinces of Trento, Bolzano and the Region of Lombardy, Stelvio National Park has safeguarded the scenic wonders of its Alpine valleys and has conserved the fauna and flora of a vast area of protected nature since 1935.
The common wildlife wildlife at Stelvio National Park are the deer, ibex and chamois, and the golden eagles that survey the landscape from above.
Smaller mammals such as stoats and foxes also live there. Patience and silence is needed for the best possible change to spot the wildlife. You might even see the occasional squirrel.
When we visited, we spotted few squirrels and with it being sunrise and the area almost silent, we saw deers in the distance too. It was a beautiful experience and one we’ll never forget.
Trekking & Nature Trails At Stelvio National Park
Guided walks are available in pretty much any town you visit that surround Stelvio National Park. They provide the best way to discover the unique environment.
Numerous visitor centres and information centres are also found in the park, so whichever direction you approach from you will find one close by.
So the snow capped mountains and unspoilt nature at Stelvio National Park are a must see when visiting Northern Italy.
When we visited Stelvio National Park, we stayed in the region of Val Di Sole. You can check out the best places to stay below.
Luxury – Kristiania Pure Nature Hotel & Spa – Kristiania Pure Nature Hotel & Spa is located in the Val di Sole, a few yards from the ski lifts to the Biancaneve slopes. A free ski bus is provided during winter. All rooms at the Kristiania Pure Nature Hotel & Spa come with a balcony, satellite TV, a minibar and private bathroom. Some rooms offer views of the mountains. Beauty Centre Acquaviva includes an indoor swimming pool, hot tub, Turkish bath and saunas. There is also a fitness centre.
Mid-Budget – Tevini Dolomites Charming Hotel – Tevini Dolomites Charming Hotel is in the middle of a sunny valley in Commezzadura in the Italian Alps. The hotel overlooks the Brenta, Ortles-Cevedale, and Adamello-Presanella mountain ranges. Natural parks are nearby. You can walk or take the public ski bus to the nearby Daolasa Val Mastellina cableway, just 550 yards away. The property offers ski equipment rental and a ski storage room. The Tevini is close to mountain paths ideal for horseback riding, Nordic walking, and long-distance and cross-country skiing.
Mid-Budget – Hotel Chalet Al Foss – Hotel Chalet Al Foss is located in a tranquil area of the Val di Sole, 1.2 miles from Vermiglio. It offers panoramic views of the Presanella glacier and a free shuttle service to the Passo Tonale ski area. This family-run hotel is 3.7 miles from the slopes at Passo Tonale and not far from the cross-country ski areas of Velon and Stavel. Ski storage is free. The restaurant offers classic Italian and international cuisine accompanied by a varied buffet of vegetables, starters and desserts. In the summer months, guests can enjoy the buffet breakfast out on the sun terrace.
For more places to stay in Val Di Sole you can check the latest prices here.