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Pietracamela – Medieval Gateway to the Gran Sasso Mountains

by Roddy Newlands

View from Pietracamela

On the way up to the resort of Prati di Tivo is another of those wonderful hill-side medieval does so well – . This town is well-known as a starting point for hikers ascending the Pizzo d’Intermesoli, Corno Piccolo & Corno Grande, and a popular stopping off point before after skiing in the .

Street in PietracamelaA lovely medieval maze of C14th grey & brown stone alleyways and buildings, all winding up to the top of the town. Many of the homes would appear to be used purely as vacation (probably skiing) homes, with some excellent examples of sympathetic restoration. There is the usual fairly standard bar & cafes, off-peak relatively tranquil, peak-period crowded out with skiers or hikers/daytrippers, often making parking a problem during the skiing season itself.

The to the nearby fan out from the north of the town, and are clearly signposted with indications of average time & distance (though not directly level of difficulty!). One can for example up to Prati di Tivo itself (3-4 hour ), or to the other, more ambitious peaks mentioned above – not something we have tried yet, but one day! Picnic ingredients such as salami, and can be bought conveniently from the local Gran Sasso Park shops so you can picnic whilst supporting the park simultaneously.

Almost immediately above Pietracamela are some rather bizarre and surprising rock paintings, atavistic in style but probably undertaken by local vandals…not quite Bansky perhaps, but attractive and strangely tranquil…

Further Reading

Pietracamela’s official website

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