Fifteen-hundred hectares, three regions, more than two thousand six hundred plants, eighty wolves. These are just some numbers that describe the “Gran Sasso and Laga Mountains National Park”. The reserve is the third largest of Italy and is famous for its incredible biodiversity.
As said, the area of the park is very wide, so you have plenty of choices for what to do in the park and how to enjoy your staying there. You can visit some of villages and towns such as L’Aquila (the biggest and most important city inside the park, sadly hit by one earthquake eight years ago and still not in good shape) and Santo Stefano di Sessiano, a little gem among the mountains and the woods.
The Gran Sasso Park is also the home of many animal species. Here you can encounter large herbivores such as the deer and the roe deer and their enemy, so to speak, the Appenine Wolf. Golden Eagles, Peregin Falcons, and Lanner Falcons specimens fly around the peeks of the mountains and of the trees looking constantly for food on the ground.
The Park’s flora is worth mentioning too: the high altitudes environment helped many old species to survive, and are now called “glacial relicts”. The Gran Sasso is characterized, especially on the L'Aquila side, by its extensive pastures, ideal for biking or hiking, while Monti della Laga are mainly covered by forests.
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