Parco Nazionale del Gran Sasso e Monti della Laga
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The Parco Nazionale del Gran Sasso e Monti della Laga covers a surface of 150.000 hectares. It is one of the biggest parks in Italy. It offers a number of proposals, itineraries and visits for every season thanks to the richness of its habitats, of its massifs and thanks to the historical-architectonical traces man left in the past. The Park is made up of three mountain groups: the chain of Gran Sasso d'Italia, the massif of Laga and the Monti Gemelli. The Parco Nazionale del Gran Sasso e Monti della Laga is also characterized by the presence of the highest peak of the Apennines, the Corno Grande (2912 meters). On this chain there is the only Apennine glacier, the Calderone, which is also the southernmost glacier in Europe.
The ancient cultural tradition of the populations living in the Park is witnessed by several handicrafts, tasty gastronomical products, and local folk expressions which play an important role both from a cultural and a tourist point of view. As far as craftsmanship is concerned, the ceramists of Castelli, the master-saddlers of L'Aquila, the coppersmiths of Tossiccia, the stone-dressers of Amatrice, the coalmen of Arquata del Tronto are the most representative realities.
But the most genuine expression of the art of the Park's population lies in the variety and quality of their gastronomical products: "virtý teramane", "olive all'ascolana", the saffron of L'Aquila and the typical "timballi"; and then cheese, sausages, meat, "scamorze", truffles, mushrooms, lentils, spelt, chestnuts, honey, sweets, oils, wines, and many other mountain dainties, to taste in every period of the year everywhere in the Park.
At Parco Nazionale del Gran Sasso e Monti della Laga there is tourist accommodation available in hotels, farm holiday, farmhouse, residence self-catering accommodation, mountain chalets, b&b, rooms for rent, holiday homes, camp sites and tourist villages.