The Paradisia Alpine Botanical Garden is located in Valnontey, a hamlet in the municipality of Cogne, in the heart of the Park, at 1700 m of altitude, on an area of approx. 10,000 sq m, rich in basins and natural valleys that offer the best conditions for the cultivation of mountain and Alpine species. The garden is surrounded by the magnificent scenario of the Gran Paradiso massif.
From 12 to 30 June and from 1 to 12 September: 10.00am – 05.30pm
July and August: 10.00am – 18.00pm
Information: 0039 0165 749264
How to visit Paradisia
The peak blossoming period is from mid-June to mid-July, according to season’s weather.
Tourist are welcomed, in collaboration with the Park, by Fondation Grand Paradis with the Park Rangers.
Guided tours are performed every day at specific times, group are requested to reserve.
Other activities are envisaged, such as theme guided visits, nature games, according to the calendar prepared each season by the Fondation.
Every visitor can also visit the garden independently, since at the entrance a small brochure is given with the main features of the garden; every plant is accompanied by a tag with its name, yellow tags indicate plants present in Italy (Alps and Appennines), white tags stand for exotic plants (from other mountain ranger worldwide), red tags are for officinal plants (those with the death symbol are poisonous). Explanatory boards describe the various theme sectors of the garden.
This small region at the tip of the north-west of Italy may be small but can boast some stunning foods. Smoked bacons and game from the forests and mountains go perfectly with Polenta or with local rye bread as do the smoked pork and sausages. This region also produces excellent butter, cream and cheese such as the incomparable Fontina cheese which appears in sweet and savoury dishes alike
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