A family day out among animals
Founded in 1981, the Le Cornelle Animal Park, near Bergamo, is a 126,000-square-metre park home to over 120 species of animals, including mammals, birds and reptiles that visitors can observe up close. It is named after the polished stones of the nearby Brembo river, which are called “cornelle”.
You can explore the entire park on foot, either following an educational trail that allows you to observe the animals in their natural habitat or taking a guided tour led by an expert naturalist. The animals that live in the park come from all corners of the world and also include endangered species, such as the rare white Bengal tiger, the snow leopard and the red-crowned crane.
Don’t miss the Tropical Forest, which recreates the rainforest habitat, and Pinnawala, which is home to elephants. There is also the Savannah with antelopes, zebras and rhinoceroses, the Cheetah Oasis, and Aldabra Island, which reproduces an Indian Ocean island where turtles from the Seychelles live.
The themed areas offer plenty of space for the animals to roam around in a state of semi-freedom, but they are all close enough to explore on foot. You can also take the special little train that runs through the park.