Italy offers a variety of environments unique in the world where the work of nature intertwines with the centuries-old nature of man giving life to landscapes of rare beauty. A heritage protected by 24 large national parks and 847 protected areas for a total of 6 million hectares, including coasts, lands and marine areas.
Italy, with its particular physical shape that resembles a boot, extends from the European continental mass to the Mediterranean. Its political borders largely correspond to its natural boundaries: the Alpine arc to the north, and the sea along the coasts. The large neighboring islands, Sicily and Sardinia are also integrated into this well-defined unit. Its territory is rich in hills and mountains; about 40% of population centers are located in the hills and another 40% in the mountains. On the slopes of the Alps the Pianura Padana extends, a large alluvial area formed by the Po river and its tributaries. In the southern regions, which face a crystalline sea, there are several volcanoes still active, the most famous are the Vesuvius in Naples, and the Etna in Sicily that with its 3323 meters is the highest volcano in Europe. The rich and varied Italian natural heritage is safeguarded by 24 large national parks and 847 protected areas for a total of 6 million hectares, including coasts, lands and marine areas. The villages and small villages are the safe of Italian treasures and contribute to the protection and maintenance of the territory and the landscape.
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