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“If you are in Abruzzo, you can't skip this one!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Campo Imperatore

Campo Imperatore
Assergi, Italy
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Ranked #2 of 3 things to do in Assergi
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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“If you are in Abruzzo, you can't skip this one!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2013

Views are mesmerizing. While driving along the way, for over one hour you feel you are in the middle of nowhere - and you ARE in the middle of nowhere!
If you are looking for peace and quiet, a nice walk in the mountains is a must! There are several paths to choose from and also a few mountain dews, where you can eat, rest or spend the night in!
While climbing up the mountains, you will notice a variety of alpine plants, very unique of the area. The "Stella Alpina", a protected species, is quite rare, but keep looking and you will spot one!

Visited September 2013
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“Breathtaking views, unusual landscape”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2013

As already posted below, the destination can easily be reached. Short drive from L'Aquila to Cerro Ferraro and a cable car from there (7 Euro/11 one way/ up&down).
Just don't miss a huge parking area on site (at the bottom of the hill), turn right to the camping before you reach the main square and drive 1 min down (camping being on your left side). Better unload your wheelchairs and strollers at the main square as there is a long stair from that parking area back to the square. You can easily access the cable car then, no further stairs.
Actually, we saw a large parking area on the top, directly at Campo Imperatore but never drove there by ourselves so not sure how they did it.
Get your long-sleeve clothes as it's really windy and cool up there (like +33 degrees C bottom and only 20 up there). Once the cable car brings you up you'll find right there a cafe and restaurant. We saw horses waiting for their passengers so I believe you can have ride to the peak (otherwise it's a half-hour climb). You have a breathtaking view directly from the upper cable car station (7 min ride every half an hour) or you may walk the plateau to see the mountains and valleys. There are valleys high there you can walk in, and you see that highest mountain peak from the station. Awesome, nature as beautiful as it can be.
You can ride the cable car with baby stroller. But I don't think you can climb these further trails with the stroller, it's unflat and full of stones.

Visited August 2013
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Brisbane, Australia
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“An Ideal Location”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2013

For those interested in the natural environment and hill walking/trekking, it is hard to go past Campo Imperatore. This is the hub of the Gran Sasso National Park for its major walks. It is easily accessible by car or cable car and you are spoiled for choice regarding the spectacular walks available. The facilities are clearly dated but the attentiveness of the staff and quality of the service we found excellent. We were also impressed with the quality of the coffee provided in the bar downstairs in the hotel. We found Najeeb to be an excellent barista (consistently so day after day) and staff on Reception at the hotel provided excellent information on the walks.

Visited July 2013
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Rome, Italy
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“in the mountains you feel free”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2013

No skiing this year for us unfortunately but we love the mountains and so decided to spend a weekend in Abruzzo and see the snow. The cable car (Funivia Gran Sasso) goes up from Fonte Cerreto (about 20 mins drive from L'Aquila) every half an hour and the view from the top is truly breath-taking. Space for sledging with the kids and a walk in the snow with the splendid craggy peak of Gran Sasso in the distance. It was cloudy down below when we set off, but the cable car came through the clouds and we were in the brightest sunshine watching the spindrift from above. Magical.

Visited January 2013
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Newcastle England
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“Stunning scenery”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2012

We went here in May, so the alpine flowers were just starting to fade a little, but still beautiful. The place is just so vast it's almost frightening. Suggest a picnic and simply sit and take in the stunning views. For those more energetic, perhaps a walk further up the mountains on one of the many rugged trails...

Visited May 2012
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