Parco naturale regionale delle Alpi Liguri

Alpi Liguri Natural Regional Park
Parco naturale regionale delle Alpi Liguri
IUCN category V (protected landscape/seascape)

The ridge from Cima Garlenda to Monte Frontè
Location Imperia Province, Italy
Nearest city Ventimiglia and Sanremo
Area 6,041 ha (14,930 acres)
Established 2007
Governing body Ente Parco delle Alpi Liguri (Pigna)

The Alpi Liguri Natural Regional Park (in Italian Parco naturale regionale delle Alpi Liguri) is a natural park in Province of Imperia (Liguria, Italy). It was established in 2007 by the legge regionale nr.34 of 15/11/2007.[1]


Borders of the park

Situated in the inland of Ventimiglia and Sanremo area, the regional park protects some of the most beautiful and important areas of the Ligurian Alps.

The protected territory, over 60 square kilometres (23 sq mi),[2] includes four separate areas, each with its particular features:

Some territories connecting these areas are under a lesser form of environmental protection named paesaggio protetto (protected landscape).[2]

Concerned municipalities

The natural park is shared among seven different municipalities: Cosio di Arroscia, Mendatica, Montegrosso Pian Latte, Pigna, Rezzo, Rocchetta Nervina, Triora.[4]


Most of the protected area is covered by sedimentary rock mountains, with the predominant type of bedrock represented by flysch.[5]


Mountains and valleys of the park, due also to their proximity to the sea, are home to a wide wildlife variety.

Rare mammals in the park include stoats (Mustela erminea), mountain hares (Lepus timidus), European pine martens (Martes martes) and European snow voles (Microtus nivalis), as well as wolves (coming from Roya valley) and wildcats (Felis silvestris).

Among birds can be noticed the presence of the black woodpecker (Dryocopus martius) and Eurasian eagle-owl (Bubo bubo), the biggest European bird of prey. In the woods neststhe black grouse (Tetrao tetrix), and the eagle (Aquila chrysaetos), although close to the limit of its geographic range, lives on the park's cliffs.

The caves located in the park host a good variety of bats; among insects some endangered species of coleoptera of the protected area are Haptoderus nicaeensis, Percus villai and Pterostichus morio.[6]


A wide range of footpaths is available within the park, that is crossed from south-west to east by the Alta Via dei Monti Liguri, a long-distance trail from Ventimiglia (province of Imperia) to Bolano (province of La Spezia).[7]


  1. "Storia del Parco". Ente Parco delle Alpi Liguri. Retrieved 2016-02-11.
  2. 1 2 "Parco Naturale Regionale delle Alpi Liguri". Retrieved 2016-02-11.
  3. Foresta demaniale means State owned forest
  4. Bilancio di Sostenibilità dell’Ente Parco 2011 , ufficio tecnico scientifico del Parco delle Alpi Liguri,
  5. "Geologia". Ente Parco delle Alpi Liguri. Retrieved 2016-02-11.
  6. "La Fauna". Ente Parco delle Alpi Liguri. Retrieved 2016-02-12.
  7. "Camminare lungo l'Alta Via dei Monti Liguri". (link: melogno.wp). Retrieved 2016-02-21.
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