The Gran Sasso and Monti della Laga National Park is composed of the mountains of Gran Sasso, the Monti della Laga and the so-called Twin Mountains.
The first ones show the typical features of the Dolomites, with high peaks, steep slopes and several high-altitude routes. From here, on particularly clear days, it is possible to see the Adriatic Sea, the Tyrrhenian Sea and the regions of Central Italy.
Also in the vicinity are the Calderone Glacier and the plateau of Campo Imperatore, a large and beautiful high-altitude grassland.
The area is rich in woods and streams, waterfalls and ponds. The Monti della Laga are soft and undulating, furrowed by many streams that flow into vast pine, beech and birch forests.
A strong human presence marks the whole area of the park, but it is perfectly integrated with nature, as you can see in the numerous Middle-Age villages that, to this day, preserve their original appearance.
The civilization of pastors has always characterized this area, as shown by dry stone walls, shelters, farms and rupestrian (rock) churches.
More than 2,000 species of plants live in the different areas of the park, from prairies and pastures to woods. The undergrowth is rich in colors and the aromas of raspberries and wild orchids.
As regards the wildlife, the Gran Sasso is considered the kingdom of the Abruzzo chamois. Not only, but deer, roe deer and the Apennine wolf - as well as many rare birds of prey, such as golden eagles, peregrine falcons and eagle owls - call the area home.