Comfortable clothing and an adventurous spirit is all that’s required to take part in green toruism in Lombardy. The journey begins at the Parco Regionale del Campo dei Fiori, one of the largest and most important in the province of Varese. The park dominates the hilly areas and the Pianura Padana and within it there are six nature reserves to visit; wet areas rich in waterfowl perfect for birdwatchers, eight natural monuments and sixteen well signposted footpaths. The best way to get to know the Parco Valle del Lanza – named after the river Lanza or Gaggiolo that runs through it – and the enchanting streams and woodlands is to take a walk along any number of the many well signposted footpaths that go hither and thither.
The Parco Nazionale della Val Grande is only 100km from Milan, between Lago Maggiore and Val d’Ossola: known as the largest wild area in Italy, there are nature walks, suitable even for beginners, for experiencing eco-tourism in Italy. Undoubtedly worthy of a visit is the Museo d’Acqua “Acquamondo” at Cossogno near which stands a typical recently restored mill. A few kilometres further on the most extensive moor in southern Europe: the Parco Groane, with many kilometres of paths is the perfect place for mountain bike excursions. Bike rental point for adults and children from 6 years of age and tandems for disabled cyclists.
Between the provinces of Varese and Como, at the mouths of the great pre-alpine valleys, the Parco Pineta is the most extensive and thickly forested area in the region. It is best experienced, on horseback along the approved bridleways of Lombardy, during the summer months when the colours and scents of nature explode in all their splendour. Between the provinces of Como and Milan, not far from Gaggiolo, lies the Parco Sovraccomunale della Brughiera Briantea, a large extension of broad-leaf forests. Every season of the year is a good one for long walks to contemplate the horizon from a pre-alpine backbone and to experience green tourism in Lombardy.
Running alongside the Autostrada dei Laghi, Lainate-Chiasso, the Parco del Lura is a veritable ecological corridor typified by an extraordinary biodiversity. An original way in which to get to know the Parco del Medio Olona is on board the carriages of the ancient Valmorea railway, which connects Valle Olona with Switzerland.