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Historic Hotels: Campo Imperatore, Gran Sasso Mountains

Campo Imperatore on Gran Sasso Mountain is the historic location where Otto Skorzeny (Austrian soldier in WW2) freed Benito Mussolini in a daring commando operation. Today there is a hotel by the same name and an observatory on this mountain plateau, which resembles Tibet or the Andes,.

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Campo Imperatore is conveniently situated on the highway between Rome and Pescara.

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From the main highway it is only 25 km uphill ...

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on an immensely beautiful mountain road, a great delight for drivers, ...

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past cows ...

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and wild horses ...

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until you reach the plateau ...

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where you can imagine Skorzeny hovering in with his glider planes.

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Today's observatory ...

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some of the residents ...

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and finally the Campo Imperatore ...

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which is not always open (there is an alternative hotel at the mountain bottom, the Nido del Aquila) ...

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and quite a run-down wreck, but nevertheless worth a visit.

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Recommended reading:

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"The Eagle Has Landed" by Jack Higgins, 1975

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Posted by LuxuryRogue 02:03 Archived in Italy

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