The Piano delle Cinque Miglia is located about 1250 m above sea level in the province of L’Aquila, in the municipalities of Roccaraso, Rocca Pia and Rivisondoli. It is a plateau between the mountains of Marsica and Majella, an important ecological corridor between the Abruzzo National Park and Majella National Park and a point of communication among the Peligna valley and Gizio valley on the north and the Alto Sangro on the south. The plateau is 9 km long and 1 km wide, crossed entirely by the Road 17.
The Piano delle Cinque Miglia is a charming place, usually frequented by grazing sheep and cattle and crossed by tourists heading for the ski resort of Roccaraso-Aremogna or the tourist villages of Rivisondoli and Pescocostanzo. In the past, merciless winters have claimed victims among travelers: 300 Venetian mercenaries who marched against Charles V in 1528 and an army of 500 Germans of the Prince of Orange in the following winter.