Campo Imperatore
Campo Imperatore
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Silk Adventures'n Food
Pescara, Italy680 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Friends
If you come to Abruzzo, you absolutely have visit this place, in this time of the year it is stunning there are beautiful wild flowers such as crocus, pansy and genzianella
Written April 27, 2019
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Natala
Santiago de Compostela, Spain73 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2013 • Family
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.
Written August 20, 2013
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hjb50
Cardiff, UK162 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2013 • Couples
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.
Written February 1, 2013
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PlickAndPlock
Muenster, Germany20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2012 • Couples
In summer, you have really nice hiking to do all around the place. Vista is pretty amazing, you can even drive up if you're not into hiking. Some of the hikes are pretty hard but you can just stop anywhere in the mountain really and hike some less steep nicer hills. You don't have to pay anything to go there.

In the winter, when everything is covered by snow and the sky is clear it's simply amazing. There is a small ski resort that you can go to with the funivia. It's not big but it's a lot of fun. The snow is usually pretty good, and the vista is just incredible. you can also go snow shoeing all around and it's just gorgeous. You can go on their website: http://www.ilgransasso.it/ to know when the ski resort is open etc... However note that the road is closed as it becomes a ski slope! So you have to take the cable car to go up (funivia) which costs about 15 euros a person. If you want to rent equipment (esp. skis) you can do it at the top of the mountain by the Scuola Sci (take the sort of tunnel on the left when you arrive). The rental price for complete equipment (skis+boots) is 20euros per person.
Written February 9, 2012
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WesleyL1986
Eindhoven, The Netherlands45 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Couples
This place is beautiful and a must see for everyone. During our stay it was immensly crowded with people grilling meat on the barbeque. There where horse back riders, sheep herders, and everything in between. After an hour or so we choose to drive a little bit further to Rocca Cassalechio where we climbed the rock to see the ruines (also a must see!). Unfortunately, when we drove the same way back to go to our BnB, there was a huge fire that scorged the lands and a huge part of the forest on the hill. We then had to choose a different direction (the direction of the Mussolini hotel), when we drove that way, we came across a road which was even more beautiful than the plains.

To summarize, a must see/experience!
Written August 17, 2017
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ColinRS0346
Corscombe, UK354 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2016 • Couples
We went for the spring flowers and were not disappointed, in fact we could not, in our wildest dreams, have imagined the range of colours, intensity, and types of flower. The area itself is also so much more, views, walks and scenery. It's a must do if you are in the area - we went there for three days and still did not cover all of it
Written April 24, 2016
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elidez
Brussels, Belgium113 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2015 • Family
Aside from being the place where many spaghetti westerns were filmed, this place is another world! In summer, the fields full of grazing cows and sheep, fields of flowers, picnic at the Ristoro Rucciante where you buy the meat and cheese, but bring your own picnic supplies is out of this world. In winter, the white expanse of snow, great for cross county skiing and hiking. Abruzzo is underrated and unknown to most. Well kept secret... But go there. You will not be disappointed.
Written August 23, 2015
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Steambush
Great Barrington, MA866 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2015 • Family
Two weeks ago my family and I rode the tram up the side of Gran Sasso to Campo Imperatore that was firmly above treeline, and a winter wonderland. Skiers abounded in every direction, but sadly we didn't have time to partake in this, my favorite endeavor. However, we did get to spend nearly two glorious hours, exploring the old hotel (creepy, really creepy -- Stephen King would've had a field day with this one), as well is taking in the scenery and watching lots of people have fun in the snow. I am from the eastern United States, and am used to east coast mountains that my family from the West Coast refer to as "hills". Well, Gran Sasso is no "hill". Central Italy and its Appenines are quite a mountain range. I'm not sure the rest of the world outside of Italy knows much about them, as they fall victim to being second fiddle to the impressive Alps. However, the beauty of these rocky crags would easily match anything I've ever seen.

I can't think of a better way to spend a few hours than exploring this beautiful area. Now, the hotel is quite eery, feels underloved (no roads available in winter -- only the Tram), but what incredible potential! I know Musollini made history here. That adds to the interest of this place. But, oh what a beautiful mountains! If only I'd had my skis and a few hours in which to use them...!
Written April 1, 2015
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peterandanna
Hertfordshire, UK698 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2011 • Friends
The area is vast but for a very enjoyable day trip we were taken to specifically see the area where the film The American was made. Situated in the province of L’Aquila in the Gran Sasso Massif, it is a perfect location for both photographers and walkers, (it’s also a ski resort in winter). In warm mid September we were on the “drive, see and eat day out” with our Italian friends. To them the eating was just as important as the views!
We entered the park and made our way to Campo Imperatore for lunch. Here on the plain there are two large wooden “shacks” with lots of simple metal troughs outside burning charcoal for BBQ’s. Which to choose? We were told that the best of the two was Rifugio Mucciante, Gran Sasso Italia. You enter the cabin and there is a simple shop and butcher’s shop. You choose your meat from a large selection and go outside to BBQ it . The quality of the meat is superb and of course tastes better in the open air. All you’ll need for a delicious lunch is provided and if you are vegetarian there is a good selection of cheeses. It did seem that all the Italians were eating here so could be very very busy at weekends.
From there we drove to Castel del Monte and then to the Rocca Calascio for a walk up to the Rocca and then down to Santo Stefano di Sessano where there is a pleasant café with restaurant called Tra le Braccia (with a hanging notice that said “Bikers Friendly”). There were certainly quite a few motorbikes about and no wonder. Breath taking views and empty roads during the week days in September. There are photos and much more information on the web if you are tempted to go. We were lucky that the autumn weather was warm but it can be much colder and windy up there so bring a warm jacket.
Written November 17, 2011
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Madgnats
Kenai, AK96 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
The highlight of one week in Abruzzo. Traveling by car you enjoy a variety of vistas including rocky valleys, jagged mountains, rolling plains, free ranging horses, sheep and cattle. Each turn in the road offers a different view and type of landscape. Clouds billow above and below, trees grow in densely wooded forests on one side of the mountain, and sharp rocky crags make up the back side, open hills and boulders dot the landscape. The end destination of the trip is an observatory and a hotel from World War II era. The trip is a beautiful rest from the busy cities and offers many opportunities for photos and just enjoying nature. Strongly recommend.
Written October 20, 2019
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