The plain of Campo Imperatore, the small Tibet
Imagine yourself on the border with the Black Sea, in a monastery in the Middle Ages, between Middle Eastern landscapes or in the West: the evocations that will give you the boundless plain of Campo Imperatore, ideal set of commercials, music videos and many wonderful films. From “Il deserto dei Tartari” to “Il nome della rosa”, from “King David” to “Così è la vita” by Aldo, Giovanni and Giacomo, to the whole series of “Trinità” with Bud Spencer and Terence Hill.
Campo Imperatore is without a doubt one of the wonders of Abruzzo! Also called the “little Tibet”, it is a plain, at almost 1,800 meters of altitude, that the slow disappearance of the glaciers has made it particularly sweet in the forms. From here you can see the Gran Sasso, the “Roof of the Apennines”: the mountain of Abruzzo par excellence, dominated by the Corno Grande from its four summits.
The Campo Imperatore plateau is the largest in Italy: about 20 km long and 3 to 7 km wide, with its endless pastures it has always been used for the summer pasture of herds and flocks. Also due to the numerous floristic and faunistic peculiarities and for its interesting geological and geomorphological aspects, it represents a fundamental part of the Gran Sasso and Monti della Laga National Park.
You can reach it going up from Assergi, to the Fossa di Paganica pass, from the medieval village of Castel del Monte, to the pass of Capo la Serra or from Farindola to Vado di Sole.
The “little Tibet” offers numerous hiking trails, to be covered on foot, by bike or on horseback. And if you are fond of cross-country skiing, given the excellent snowfall at this altitude, you just have to choose between the track in the territory of Santo Stefano di Sessanio, near Lake Racollo, the slopes of Castel del Monte at the eastern end of the plain of Campo Imperatore, between the Piano di Cretarola and the Fonte Pietrattina, and the ring of the three lakes that runs along the edge of the plateau.