It is certainly not a destination for everyone: no big splendid cities with Renaissance treasures on each corner, rows of souvenir kiosks or restaurants trying to lure customers in with tourist menus.

Sounds like a great place to visit!  Renaissance treasures are important to take in, but when you want to relax and take in the Italy every day Italians enjoy it’s crucial to get out of the tourist-track and see places like this.

gran-sasso-national-park1Gran Sasso

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Via Google Earth

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