It is the pine loricato, the symbol of the Pollino National Park, the largest wilderness area in the south, on the border between Basilicata and Calabria, culminating in the 2267 meters of the Serra Dolcedorme along which cor re ¬ the border between the province of Potenza and that of Cosenza.
The pine tree is a conifer loricato of Balkan origin from the cor ¬ cortex covered by silvery scales similar to “lorica,” the ancient armor of the Roman soldiers. The pine forests loricato not form, but grows iso ¬ side or in small groups over the end of the beech trees with specimens reaching 32 meters in height, five feet in circumference and hundreds of years old.
The interest of the park is also enhanced by its human component. The slopes of the massifs ¬ ce of the Pollino, in fact, is the Lucania side than on the Calabrian, were colonized in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries by people fleeing from Albania.
It is the community who knows well puto preserve their heritage through the centuries of traditions, culture, language and religion. Countries ar ¬ Roccati the hills or on the steep slopes of mount ¬ gne, archaeological sites, shrines and monasteries achieved by ancient pilgrimage routes and home to the traditional religious festivals are also other exciting destinations.