Parco Naturale Alpi Marittime


Piedmont's largest park is home to spectacular landscapes, encompassing wildflower-filled grasslands, topaz lakes, shimmering glaciers and jagged mountain peaks, some of which top 3000m. There's great hiking in the area, from easy-going one-hour walks to challenging six-hour ascents to mountain huts with sweeping panoramic views.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Piedmont attractions

1. La Madone de Fenestres


At an altitude of 1904m, this impressively situated hilltop church was supposedly founded on the site where a local villager had a vision of the Virgin…

2. Alpha

5.87 MILES

The grey wolf was hunted to extinction in France by 1930, but in 1992 two 'funny-looking dogs' were spotted near Utelle, presumably having loped across…

3. Vallée des Merveilles

6.02 MILES

Wedged between the Vésubie and Roya valleys, this narrow, remote canyon is famous for its amazing Bronze Age petroglyphs – ancient pictures carved into…

4. Lac des Mesches

9.14 MILES

From St-Dalmas-de-Tende, the D91 winds 10km west to this alpine lake (1390m), where trails lead into the valley (plan on eight hours' hiking, round-trip)…

5. Musée des Merveilles

11.21 MILES

In Tende, this museum provides useful context if you're visiting the prehistoric carvings of the Vallée des Merveilles. Inside the striking modern…

6. Maison du Miel et de l’Abeille

11.29 MILES

This little museum celebrates the craft of local honey-makers. Needless to say, there are plenty of opportunities to taste the goods – this is France,…

7. Parco Naturale del Marguareis

13.13 MILES

This 6800-hectare park spreads across two valleys – the Valle Pesio and Valle Tanaro – located in an area south and east of Cuneo. It's a great place for…

8. Monastère de Saorge

14.52 MILES

Situated 9km north of Breil-sur-Roya, the dramatic Gorges de Saorge lead to the fortified village of Saorge (elevation 520m). Perched on sheer cliffs, the…