The whole area is subject to a particular regulation according to the law on the protected areas no. 394/1991. It includes Pollino and Orsomarso Massifs.
It is a mountain chain of the southern Apennines, at the border between the regions of Basilicata and Calabria, in the heart of the Mediterranean area. It has the highest peaks of the South of Italy, snow-clad for most of the year, from November to May. From its summits, over 2,200 meters of altitude above sea-level, westwards the Tyrrhenian coasts of Maratea, Praia a Mare, and Belvedere Marittimo, and eastwards the Ionian coast from Sibari to Metaponto.
You can reach it through coastal roads and from the Tyrrhenian and Ionian railway lines, from the highway Salerno - Reggio Calabria, between the motorway crossings of Lauria and of Frascineto, from the valley bottoms of Sinni and Sarmento, and from the roads along the Raganello, the Coscile, the Esaro, the Lao, the Mercure, and the Frido.
The nature and culture of Pollino, the global frame of its physical and human heritage, which is multiform and complex, wide and differentiated, go from naturalistic, geomorphological, vegetation, botanical, and wildlife features to unique landscape, historical, archaeological, ethnic, anthropological, cultural, and scientific values.