National Park of Gran Sasso and Monti della Laga

Covering a surface of 150,000 hectares, the National Park of Gran Sasso and Monti della Laga includes the territory of three regions (Abruzzo, Lazio and Marche), five provinces (L’Aquila, Teramo, Pescara, Rieti and Ascoli Piceno) and fourtyfour Communes.

Established in 1995, the protected area holds leading presences, such as the Gran Sasso d’Italia, the highest peak of the Apennine (2912 m), Campo Imperatore plateau, the largest of the peninsula, Lake Campotosto, the largest artificial basin of the continent and the Calderone glacier, the unique in the Appennines and the most southern in Europe.

The Park’s fauna is very rich and, furthermore, with 2400 registered species, the protected area is one of the European parks with the highest biodiversity in vegetation. Together with naturalistic routes, numerous opportunities for excursions and the riding trail of the “Ippovia del Gran Sasso”, there is on offer a precious historic-artistic cultural and archaeological heritage, while tourist itineraries place great value on a vast and varied enogastronomic heritage, typical products and local handicraft.

They are the expressions of an uncontaminated territory, rich in history and century-old traditions.

The extent and array of altitude and lithology are reflected in the diversity of landscapes in the Park. At high altitude, where the peaks reach three thousand meters, the kingdom of wilderness protects distinctive environments, endemisms of flora and fauna and glacial relicts, while at the foot of Corno Grande, is the breathtaking extraordinary expanse of Campo Imperatore, known as the “little Tibet” of the protected area, with its typical rises, moraines and endless pastures.

On the southern slopes of Gran Sasso comes into view a fascinating anthropic landscape, made of fortified villages and castles, whose splendour is amplified by remaining valuable agricultural landscapes, open fields and typical “scasci” harshly taken away from the mountain by man. While travelling towards the buttresses in the Pescara area, you not only meet delightful villages, historic abbeys, almond groves, vineyards and olive groves, but also the magic silence of the Tirino River.

Luxuriant vegetation covers Monti della Laga.

The wealth of superficial waters surprises with water springs and spectacular waterfalls. Forests appear immense and impenetrable.

Vast beech woods, studded by mighty silver firs and birches alternate to Turkey oaks, oak woods and chestnut groves, where in autumn time the bell of deer during mating season echoes.

Where the Park seeps into the territory of the Marche region, small villages with typical architecture plunge into the centenary chestnut groves. On the side bordering the Lazio region, the cultivated landscape is dotted by farmhouses made from sandstone, chapels and votive icons revealing, in the humid area of Lago Negro, one of the main naturalistic treasures of the protected area.

National Park of Gran Sasso and Monti della Laga

Accommodation facilities in Abruzzo

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