Isola del Gran Sasso d'Italia, Province of Teramo, Abruzzo

Isola del Gran Sasso In a panoramic position against the profile of the Gran Sasso, this fine centre is full of memories of the past, and a busy destination for tourists coming to nearby Santuario di S. Gabriele, to ask for help from the Saint.

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  • Altitude: 414 m a.s.l
  • Distance from Teramo: 28 km
  • Population: ca. 4950 inhabitants
  • How to reach it: by road, motorway: A-24 exit S. Gabriele.


Isola del Gran Sasso The area was already inhabited in Roman times, as shown from remains found a few km away, at Cerchiara. The present settlement was mentioned in the XI century, and in the XV was under the Orsini family.

What to see

  • The medieval walls.
  • The church of San Massimo, with a beautiful XV century portal by Matteo da Napoli and a rich stone baptistry.
  • The church of San Giovanni ad Insulam, one of the most interesting Gothic/Romanesque churches in Abruzzo.
  • The Medieval castle at nearby Pagliara.
  • The Sanctuary of San Gabriele.
  • The Gran Sasso-Laga National Park.

Events and Festivities

  • July: Beer festival
  • Last Sunday in August: Feast of S. Gabriele.

Where to stay

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