Gran Sasso d'Italia
is a mountain located in the Abruzzo
region of central Italy
. The Gran Sasso forms the centerpiece of the Gran Sasso e Monti della Laga National Park
which was established in 1993 and holds the highest mountains in continental Italy south of the Alps and is part of the Apennines
, the mountain range that runs the entire length of the Italian peninsula. Teramo
are the nearest cities to the Gran Sasso, while Assergi
, at the base of the mountain, is the nearest village; Rome
is 132 km by road.
The three main summits of the Gran Sasso are Corno Grande
(shown here), which at 2,912 meters is the highest peak in the Apennines, nearby Corno Piccolo and Pizzo Intermésoli, which is separated from the other two peaks by Val Maone, a deep valley. Corno Grande and Corno Piccolo's ash coloration come from their limestone and dolomite composition. The peaks are snow-covered for much of the year though the snow cover appears to be less each decade. Corno Piccolo is referred to as, "The Sleeping Giant". This is due to the appearance of a profile of a reclined face. This view of Corno Piccolo is evident when viewing the mountain from Pietracamela, a small town near Prati di Tivo, on the north side of the mountain. Corno Grande and Corno Piccolo with their rough vertical walls provide serious rock climbers some of the best climbing in Europe.
Situated below the peak of the Corno Grande is the Calderone glacier
, the southernmost... Read More