Parc national de la Vanoise and Parco Nazionale Gran Paradiso

Countries: Italy , France
Regions concerned: Piemonte, Valle d’Aosta (Italy), Savoie (France)


The Vanoise National Park and the Gran Paradiso National Park are the oldest national parks of France and Italy respectively, and together they constitute the largest protected natural area in the western Alps.

With the intention of one day forming a single European cross-border park, their cooperation activities are increasingly developed and substantial in their movement towards a common aim of sustainable development and protection of biodiversity.

With a Council of Europe resolution on 17 October 2011, the two parks were jointly awarded with a renewal of the European Diploma of Protected Areas for their two territories.

Photo copyright: Parco Nazionale Gran Paradiso