Spellbinding images show Italy's most stunning forests

Italy’s enchanting forests: Spellbinding images show the beauty of the country’s stunning woodlands throughout the seasons

  • The images were all entries to the 2019 Experience Forests photo contest that celebrated Italy’s woodlands  
  • It was run by the Italian branch of the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC)
  • The winning image by Sonia Fantini shows an autumnal scene of Bordaglia Lake close to the Austrian border

Italy is best known for its picture-perfect cities, stunning lakes, incredible mountains and beautiful coastline.

But its fairy tale-like forests are just as spellbinding- as these jaw-dropping images show.

They were all snapped in enchanting woodland areas across Italy throughout the seasons and entered into the 2019 Experience Forests photo contest run by the Italian branch of the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC).

More than 350 photos were entered into the competition, which aimed to show the diversity of Italian woodlands, with the winners being chosen by a jury of foresters, photographers and an Instagram vote.

The overall winner was Sonia Fantini for her autumnal image of Bordaglia Lake at Forni Avoltri close to the Austrian border. Davide Noia also scooped a prize for his serene early-morning snap of a forest in Biella in the Piedmontese Alps, in northern Italy.

Scroll down to see some of the contest’s best entries and be transported to Italy’s most magical woodlands…

Overall winner Sonia Fantini snapped this autumnal image of Lake Bordaglia in the Friuli-Venezia Giulia region near the Austrian border

The village of Santa Maddalena, in the Funes valley in the Dolomites, captured by Carlo Alberto Conti. The area is popular with hikers and cyclists

Northwest of Pinzolo is the Val di Genova, one of the most beautiful areas of the Alps, known as the valley of the waterfalls. Matteo Rizotti captured one of them along the 16-kilometre (10 mile) Sentiero delle Cascate – the Waterfalls Trail

Gambatesa, pictured, is a commune in the Province of Campobasso in the Molise region, located about 20 kilometres (12 miles) southeast of Campobasso. This beautiful sunset was captured by Daniele Leonardi

This forest shrouded in mist was shot by Gianni Zanellain Ossana, a commune in the northern Italian region of Trentino, about 40 kilometres (24 miles) northwest of Trento


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