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“Great trail walk through a beautiful valley surrounded by high mountains!”
Review of Gran Sasso

Gran Sasso
Ranked #33 of 2,351 things to do in Abruzzo
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Reviewed 6 September 2015

The Gran Sasso national park offers trails for walking, biking or horse riding. The views are fantastic and it's all so easy to access.

We drove to the ski resort of Prati di Tivo and parked near the main square. It was Sunday but most things were open and there were a lot of people there (but not too many!)

The ski lift was open and was taking mostly mountain bikers up to the top of the moutain bike downhill runs. There were a few walkers and climbers going up to the high trails and the high pitches.

We didn't use the ski lift, we walked west along the road away from the main square and took the trail that begins about 200m down the road on the left. The trail takes you to a small but impressive waterfall (cascate rio arno) at 1520m (about a 40mins hike) then on to Le Cappane (Huts) at 1957m (about 2.5 hours) and if you're feeling adventurous you can push on to the Garibaldi refuge hut (Rifugio Garibladi) at 2230m (about 3.5 hours).

On the main trail, not far passed the waterfall, you can make a little detour to visit the Cave of Gold (1680m). It's not signposted but keep an eye out for the cave on your right hand side just above a small wooded area. It's easy to spot.

From the refugio Garibaldi you can go even further and higher if you're equipped for it. You can also push on to the ski centre and observatory at Campo Imperatore. We didn't this because our car was at Prati di Tivo so we just returned on the same trail as we went up.

The trail is really easy to follow and you don't really even need a map and compass (as long as you stay on the trail) but general hiking gear is recommended (particularly if you go high up).

It's a great way to spend a day in the mountains!

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Reviewed 22 July 2015 via mobile

Gran Sasso park is great for hiking and outdoor sports on every level. Only thing thats difficult, is finding information in other languages than italian. The hotel at campo imperatore is a good starting point for many nice hikes, including the 2912 m corno grande

4  Thank Stig15
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Reviewed 13 July 2015

Very beautiful place, views, trails terking, cycling, fantastic panoramic road from z Castel del Monte to Campo Imperatore - high plateau.

Thank Cornelia C C
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Reviewed 15 June 2015

Due to Umbria's status as a guide-book destination, the Monti Sibillini park there is better known. But during many seasons Gran Sasso park in the province of Abruzzo has more flowers in bloom and, almost always, far fewer tourists. Enjoy it all to yourself.

Thank Biernacki
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Reviewed 23 September 2014

Visited with friends and did a couple of hikes over 2 days.
Amazing plateaus and mountains. Well trodden trails mostly but a good map essential. We were out of season ( End Sept) so mountain cafes were closed. Beautiful scenery, well worth a visit.

1  Thank Doccrow
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