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,.

large_07AA1141B9AE70E212290D0643167118.jpg

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

large_20141103_160156.jpg

From the main highway it is only 25 km uphill …

large_20141103_161653.jpg

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

large_20141103_161125_1.jpg

past cows …

large_20141103_170040.jpg

and wild horses …

large_20141103_162218.jpg

until you reach the plateau …

large_20141103_164552.jpg

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

large_20141103_163533.jpg

Today’s observatory …

large_20141103_163044.jpg

some of the residents …

large_20141103_163213.jpg

and finally the Campo Imperatore …

large_20141103_163600.jpg

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

large_20141103_163909.jpg

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

Recommended reading:

TheEagleHasLanded.jpg

“The Eagle Has Landed” by Jack Higgins, 1975

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s