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Comune di Duino Aurisina

Friuli Venezia Giulia - Parchi e riserve naturali

Regione Friuli Venezia Giulia

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The Duino Cliffs Regional Nature Reserve was set up with Regional Law No 42 of 30th September 1996. It includes a high steep limestone coastline, the sea band in front of it and a narrow band of the Carso plateau, covering a total surface of 107 hectares. The Reserve belongs to the Municipality of Duino-Aurisina (Občina Devin-Nabrežina) and is in the jurisdiction of the Duino-Aurisina station of forest rangers. The Reserve is set in an area of outstanding natural beauty.

The passage from Middle European biogeographic domain to Mediterranean domain takes place along the Trieste coast, which includes the Reserve. Beside this, the Carso plateau is a transition area between two regions of the Middle European domain: Alpine and Illyrian. Central European, Illyrian-Balkan and Mediterranean animal and plant species thus live here. The area shows a high biodiversity, that is a high number of species in proportion to the size of the area. The Duino Cliffs are the only world location of the blue-bonnet Centaurea kartschiana, a plant which grows on the cliffs closest to the sea.

Highly interesting are also landscape features: the white limestone rock is one of the main features of the Reserve, both in the form of single towers along the coast and rocks surfacing along the edges shaped by superficial karst phenomena such as grooves. Along the cliff edges between Duino New Castle and Sistiana Bay, running alongside the remains of military emplacements, winds the Rilke path, opened in 1987, which offers a broad view of the Gulf of Trieste, from the mouth of the Isonzo River to Cap Savudrija in Croatia.

 
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