Parco Nazionale del Gran Sasso e Monti della Laga, Assergi

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The Gran Sasso and Monti della Laga National Park is a natural park located mostly in Abruzzo, Italy. Established in 1991, it has an area of 2014km2, and it is mainly spread out across the province of Teramo, L'Aquila, Pescara, with small areas in the province of Rieti and Ascoli Piceno. The terrain is predominantly mountainous with a alpine plains.It is managed by Ente Parco Nazionale Gran Sasso e Monti della Laga, with headquarters in Assergi, L'Aquila.The Grand Highway of the Gran Sasso and Monti della Laga National Park runs through the park between the Gran Sasso mountain peak and the chain known as Monti della Laga.GeographyThe park is one of the largest protected areas in Europe, and is centered around the massif of the Gran Sasso, which dominates the surrounding landscape; it rises vertically on the immense pastures of the Campo Imperatore. The land is very rocky and receives a large amount of snow and wind. The Calderone lies just beneath the tallest peak, the Corno Grande, and it is considered to be Europe's southernmost glacier. On the north side there is the profile of Monti della Laga chain, where thousands of migratory birds stop on the shores of Lake Campotosto. This area is completely covered by woods of beeches, firs, turkey oaks and chestnuts. There are over 200km of dedicated horse trails that can be used to visit the park.
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  • We chose a Sunday in August for the climb of the Gran Sasso. The weather was unfortunately not of the best, with strong winds and clouds that obscured the Summit. But the scenery and views that can be seen along the trail to the Big Horn are just fantastic: it almost seems to be on the Moon, or at least the Dolomites. Recommend arriving at Campo Imperatore in the morning, otherwise you will meet a lot of people on the trail. Also recommended visiting Rocca Calascio, nearby.
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  • The place certainly worth the trip: empty vast spaces, grazing cows loosely entering the road, here and there the ruins of buildings, small, scattered all over the place, and the rest from the heat on the windy, cool Campo Imperatore. It is a pity that we had only one day to see the Park. We are happy to go back there to see more.
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  • ... but beyond nature little or nothing. We visited Pietracamela, Prati di Tivo, Lake Campotosto, Isola del Gran Sasso and the neighbouring territories, and unfortunately a feeling of abandonment and neglect was the cliché of almost 250 km crossed in the Park. Very few information available, little enthusiasm in the tour operators (sometimes to the extent of courtesy) made this trip in a beautiful nature into something incomplete. Too bad, because the possibility and means we would all. Someone has blamed it on degradation of some structures dating back well before the earthquakes.
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  • Wild wild wild... incredible astonishing and so unspoiled location just 100 kms from the capital.
  • High mountains!
  • Is the most beautiful place on Earth. I am a local and I love my land and I pray all visitors to respect it. 5/8/17 yesterday was a terrible fire had a couple take ... ... Please have some manners and respect for nature
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  • One of the most beautiful places in Italy where you can spend unforgettable days in contact with nature and the mountains. Must see if you go in Abruzzo: breathtaking nature, yummy food and friendly people.
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  • Very nice place from the point of view of nature
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