The Sila national park is a large wooded area in the southern section of Italy’s territory, in the region of Calabria. It is a vast park, one of Europe’s largest, with abundant timber and streams that have been used to build ships, churches, and dwellings for the local population and beyond in previous ages.
Today, the park is protected and has been changed from a human resource to a resource for local fauna and flora, with wolves, wild boars, foxes, fawns, as well as owls, hawks, and an unlimited number of birds, finding refuge in the dense vegetation of pines, firs, oaks, and chestnut trees.
My wife and I traveled some really well-marked trails during the expedition, each of which was accompanied by a map that described the length of the route, the difficulty, the areas of interest, and the fauna and flora that we would have experienced along the way. Those who have taken a walk in the woods appreciate the serenity and quiet that only nature can communicate.
We followed some of the pathways marked on the map, which took us to locations where mountain residents had constructed little stone and straw houses, as well as small canals for rainfall or wastewater gathering. There is still evidence of livestock farming fencing for survival in a difficult-to-reach location.
The wind caresses the trees, birds chirp, and the water of the streams that pour from the rock and disappear in the foliage. With our hands, Heaven was touched. All routes are free, and in the event of a problem, there is always an emergency hotline to call. There are amenities for children’s and non-entertainment children’s in the parks, as well as some museums where visitors may learn about the history of the Sila park since it was first inhabited by men.
Many freshwater animals, such as fish, as well as birds and amphibians such as frogs and toads, find sanctuary in a huge natural lake. The lake has been gated to prevent people from diving while on their vacation and to safeguard the local wildlife population. Brown bears, long-time residents of the park and mountain, were frequently sighted, usually approaching the lake to drink or look for food.