Parco Nazionale del Gran Sasso e Monti della Laga, Abruzzo
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Gran Sasso d'Italia is a mountain located in the Abruzzo region of central Italy. The Gran Sasso forms the centrepiece of the Gran Sasso e Monti della Laga National Park which was established in 1993 and holds the highest mountains in continental Italy south of the Alps and is part of the Apennines, the mountain range that runs the entire length of the Italian Peninsula. Teramo and L'Aquila are the nearest cities to the Gran Sasso, while Assergi, at the base of the mountain, is the nearest village; Rome is by road.GeographyThe three main summits of the Gran Sasso are Corno Grande (shown here), which at 2,912 metres is the highest peak in the Apennines, nearby Corno Piccolo and Pizzo Intermesoli, which is separated from the other two peaks by Val Maone, a deep valley. Corno Grande and Corno Piccolo's ash coloration come from their limestone and dolomite composition. The peaks are snow-covered for much of the year though the snow cover appears to be less each decade. Corno Piccolo is referred to as, "The Sleeping Giant". This is due to the appearance of a profile of a reclined face. This view of Corno Piccolo is evident when viewing the mountain from Pietracamela, a small town near Prati di Tivo, on the north side of the mountain. Corno Grande and Corno Piccolo with their rough vertical walls provide serious rock climbers with challenges..Situated below the peak of the Corno Grande is the Calderone glacier, until 2009 the southernmost known glacier in Europe; deglaciation has significantly reduced the glacier's size. Glaciologists now question whether the glacier will survive past 2020.
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  • We strolled in this wonderful place, unfortunately the cable car was closed and we couldn't go to Campo Imperatore, however pure air pure oxygen, there is a tranquility that invigorates body and soul, the Gran Sasso is spectacular.
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  • It's actually just like that: it's an Apennine mountains that there comes to nothing with the Apennines and resembles in many glimpses the Dolomites. The Gran Sasso is all to turn because a few kilometers offers endless types of landscape: Woods, summits, flat bowls and more. The sites are obviously full of references
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  • A trip not to be missed! The path of normal route from Campo Imperatore until Corno Grande, towards the end it becomes challenging for someone who is not trained but the landscapes along the walk and the panorama on the Summit (2912 m) pays the whole effort. For the descent we opted for the path of the ridges: challenging for those who are not trained or have problems with heights but very impressive for the fearless. The only flaw, in my view, is that although the paths are always well marked, there is a lack of information on travel times.
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  • I climbed to the top 5 or 6 times in the last twenty years Western ... every time a unique experience with breathtaking ... natural paradise for everyone ... the only drawback the lack of organization from the perspective of the ramparts (Felicia)
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  • Get on the Gran Sasso is a must if you visit the national park or Abruzzo.
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  • Among the most beautiful national parks in Italy! Fantastic landscapes, one of the places where some relax in peace and quiet. Paradise!
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  • One of the most beautiful national parks and interesting from the point of view of landscape and nature. Anyone who wants to visit it is requested to do so in the most absolute respect of places.
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  • fantastic location in the heart of Italy with landscapes, not to be missed.
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