After breakfast at the hotel your friendly English speaking guide will collect you for an adventurous and active day.
The Gran Sasso and the Mountains of the Laga National Park make up what is known as the so-called “Twin Mountains” with typical features of the Dolomites, like high peaks, steep slopes and several high-altitude routes; from here, on particularly clear days you can even spot both the Adriatic Sea and the Tyrrhenian Sea.
Also in the vicinity are the Calderone Glacier and the plateau of Campo Imperatore, an extensive and wonderful 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.
Although a strong human presence is significant throughout the whole area of the park, everywhere is perfectly integrated with nature, as you will notice in the numerous Middle-Age villages that still preserve their original appearance. The civilization of shepherds has always characterized this area, as shown by dry stone walls, shelters, farms and unusual rock churches.
Over 2,000 species of flora have found their home in the different areas of the park, from prairies and pastures to woods.
The undergrowth is enriched by an amazing variety of colours and the aromas of the raspberries and wild orchids can be enjoyed at different times of the year during amazing hikes. The wildlife is an important protagonist too: the Gran Sasso is considered the kingdom of the Abruzzo chamois, besides deer, roe deer and the Apennine wolf - as well as many rare birds of prey, such as golden eagles, peregrine falcons and eagle owls – all call the area home.
After you have hiked your boots off, you will be taken for some enjoyable time for a local “Farm Experience” Here in the surrounding mountain ranges of the Gran Sasso there is ample space and fodder for the raising of prized sheep and lamb; from the early spring and into the late fall, the sheep, the shepherds and their dogs, spend virtually their entire waking hours grazing in the mountain meadows of the Gran Sasso, feasting on the pristine mountain grass of wild mint, rosemary, oregano, fennel, and juniper, so artisanal and organic products are abundant.
The cuisine of this region, much like its products and lifestyle, rely on the simple and the available, the raw and the fresh.
Your driver will be taking you to a Farm where your local hosts will be happy to show you the ropes of the know-how that has been passed down through the generations to revitalize the pastoral traditions of the area and produce some amazing cheeses thanks to ancient local breeds, Maremma sheepdogs, local shepherds and dedicated cheesemakers.