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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  • For those who are passionate about the mountains, the Gran Sasso is the mountain for you! We start from the trail that starts at the hotel Campo Imperatore, and then climb up to the rifugio Duca degli Abruzzi and then descend to a verdant meadow, with Spartan vegetation to hike up to the rocks. The view is stunning, although to get up to the top you must sweat a lot
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  • Roof of the Apennines, the beginning of my passion and love for these magnificent mountains of Central Italy. In escape from the world, back when I can on its slopes to feel at home.
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  • This area they call the small Tibet ... and it's true!! Unique landscape with hilly green expanses of summer. Comfortable streets ahead until you reach campo imperatore to admire the Horn grande...se there are clouds!
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  • A Fantastic place, impressive. A must go! Expecially by motorcycle.
  • A must see. Becareful of weather changes within a minute or two of driving. If you dont have enough time, just drive through to Campo Imperatore (30 mins one way) and if you are a fan of photography, this is your heaven.
  • Beautiful views wherever you are. Plenty of pictures will be taken even if you are just driving around.
  • Amazing views with snow capped mountains and very good scenic roads.
  • I love Gran Sasso National Park

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