Welcome to Parco Nazionale del Gran Sasso e Monti della Laga
About 20km northeast of L'Aquila, the Gran Sasso massif is the centrepiece of the Parco Nazionale del Gran Sasso e Monti della Laga, one of Italy's largest national parks. The park's predominant feature is its jagged rocky landscape, through which one of Europe's southernmost glaciers, the Calderone, cuts its (increasingly narrow) course. It's also a haven for wildlife, home to an estimated 40 wolves, 350 chamois and six pairs of royal eagles. Hiking trails criss-cross the park, and atmospheric castles and medieval hill towns crown the foothills. Some towns within the park, such as Santo Stefano di Sessanio, are making slow recoveries from the 2009 earthquake.