The Alpi Marittime Park

These days the Alpi Marittime Park is the widest protected natural area in Piemonte and one of the wider of Italy. It has a unique environmental patrimony, characterized by the presence of peaks higher than 3,000 meters, mountain lakes, grasslands, alpine glaciers and plenty of endemic alpine floral and faunal species.

Since 1987 it has been strategically twinned with the French National Park Mercantour: these two protected areas and share a border longer than 30 kilometers. They safeguard an area wider than 100,000 hectare, once known as the the Italian Royal Hunting Reserve.
In 1993 the Nature Reserve was awarded with the European Chart, an International certificate for the quality of landscape and biodiversity safeguard and preservation.

The Italian protected area covers the Gesso, Stura and Vermenagna Valleys. This is a territory deeply shaped by the action of the ancient glaciations; it is rich in torrents, waterfalls and lakes because of the low permeability of the geological substratum. On this panorama you can easily recognize the high peak of the Mount Argentera (3,297 meters), known as the “roof of the Marittime Alps”.

The extreme variety of the climate is related to the presence of many reliefs higher than 3,000 meters and to the proximity to the sea. The direct consequence of this is the existence of an enormous floral patrimony that counts more than 2,600 different species, the most of which are catalogued by the botanical garden Valderia, in Terme di Valdieri.

Among the faunal species you can find many mammals such as Alpine marmots, hares, stoats, stone martens and pine martens. You might often meet herds of ungulates such as Alpine chamois, rock-goats, roe deers, wild boars and mouflons. The wolf, as well, has chosen to come back to these mountains after a long absence. A very fascinating show is represented by the flow of the bearded vultures, recently reintroduced in the Alps, and of the Royal eagles.

The old Royal hunting reservation paths together with the defence system of World War II created a maze of military ways, mule tracks and tracks along the valleys of the Park. These are sometimes paved, elevated or engraved works that nowadays offer several excursion paths or climbing sites.

Terme Reali di Valdieri

The Terme Reali di Valdieri are placed in the deep heart of the Alpi Marittime Park, in the high Gesso Valley, surrounded by monumental beeches and secular trees. This is thermal spa and hotel resort is located at an altitude of 1,370 meters above the sea level and as such it represents the highest spa of Italy.

The exclusive symbiosis between the therapeutic offer and the benefits of the particular climatic conditions and the unpolluted nature: health, wellness and wellbeing.

Since ever environmental sustainability and respect are at the core of management politics of the Terme Reali di Valdieri PLC. From this the wish to join the green association Ecoturismo in Maritime, together with different local institutions, among which the same Nature Reserve, for the promotion of a sustainable tourism, respectful of territory, cultures an local communities.

According to the eco-friendly politics, the willingness of board of directors of Terme Reali di Valdieri PLC was to candidate as pilot case of the neZEH project. The Hotel Royal has been selected by the researchers working for the Superior Innovation Territorial Institute as the Italian regional leader and it was nominated pilot case among 16 other european samples, thanks to the particular attention to environmental thematics and to green-energy exploitation that passionate the managers.