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Review of Campo Imperatore

Campo Imperatore
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Discover Abruzzo by Ski or Snow Shoes
Ranked #1 of 9 things to do in Assergi
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Rome, Italy
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 11, 2012

If you like mountains during the summer, this is a place you cannot miss. You will enjoy wonderful landscape, easy trekking for kids. Give it a try.

Visited July 2012
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“Really nice both in summer and winter”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 9, 2012

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.

Visited February 2012
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“Campo Imperatore Abruzzo National Park”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 17, 2011

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.

Visited September 2011
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