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“A pleasant alternative to the beach”
Review of Gran Sasso

Gran Sasso
Ranked #3 of 3,086 things to do in Abruzzo
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Reviewed 27 August 2016

Gran Sasso is the highest peak in the Appenne range of mountains. You can ascend to about 2100m via a gondola to an area that looks like it would be popular with skiers and snowboarders in the winter. Amazingly numerous people seemed to have driven up there so obviously there is road access too. It's a really pleasant spot at the top. There are numerous hiking and biking trails for the energetic amongst us and it's well worth a look

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Reviewed 2 May 2016

As a World War 2 History Buff, this is a must see. The weather the day we went were high winds and snow. The cable car was swaying due to the high winds and if you are afraid of heights, this is not the place to visit. We toured the hotel and saw Mussolini's bedroom, office, and bathroom. We were unable to journey outside due to the unusually late blizzard, but enjoyed a hot drink inside the lounge area as we heard the story of his escape.

2  Thank morelqueen
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Reviewed 9 October 2015

We took the cable car from Fonte Cearreto up to the hotel where Mussolini was held by the Italians and was "rescued" by the Germans. The hotel is faded glory and in need of some TLC but it is still worth a wander round as the history is interesting (quite well documented in English) and you can easily imagine how it was in its heyday. The views from here are wonderful and if you are a walker there are plenty of trails to follow. We were there in mid September and at the top you need ,at least, a fleece for the temperature change. Excellent views from the cable car and not expensive. Be aware that although there is a cable car every half an hour there is no car at 1.30pm (stop for lunch hour). The drive from Fonte Cerreto to Vado di Sole is really worth doing.

4  Thank oldsue
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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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