Sila, a large plateau between the provinces of Cosenza, Catanzaro and Crotone, defined as the wooded and historical heart of Calabria, is a real maze of mountains, green valleys full of centuries-old forests and silvery watercourses.

The Silva Brutia of the Romans, frequented by man since the dawn of civilization, houses one of the most important and long-lived protected areas in Italy, the Sila National Park, which with its over 73,000 hectares is one of the most significant systems of biodiversity in Europe.

The International Coordinating Council of the MAB (Man and the Biosphere Programme), during its 26th session in Jönköping, Sweden, approved the inscription of Sila as the 10th Italian Biosphere Reserve in the UNESCO World Network of Sites of Excellence.