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e-borghi travel 1, Mountain and villages: Gran Sasso, “the belly-button” of Italy

A handful of rocks looking up at the sky. This is the first image of Gran Sasso and its 2.912 metres of altitude, a huge mountain that stands out in the centre of Italy, It was called “Fiscelllus mons”, the belly button mountain by the ancient Romans because of its strategic position in the country. Winter can be the right moment to discover the tiny villages that are spread on this huge stone where you can enjoy Winter sports in the “small Tibet” as Campo Imperatore is called. It is the wide highland that stands above the villages of Castel del Monte, Santo Stefano di Sessanio and Calascio. It’s an area featured by an archaic beauty that Pope John Paul II loved, an iron cross was put there in his honour since he hallowed the tiny chapel of Madonna della Neve that was captured in the cult movie “…They call me Trinity” or in the videos on the web like “Eppure sentire (Un senso di te)” by the singer Elisa.

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