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Rocca Calascio, Calascio

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The mountaintop fortress of Rocca Calascio is situated in the Gran Sasso and Monti della Laga National Park. At an elevation of 1,460 m (4,790 ft), it's the highest fortress in the Apennines, looking out over the mountains and the Plain of Nevelli. First established as a watchtower in the Roman era and rebuilt as a castle in the tenth century, the fortress makes an appearance in several movies, such as the Richard Donner film "Ladyhawke." Before you head to Calascio, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Calascio trip builder, to make sure you see all that Calascio has to offer, including Rocca Calascio.
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  • Just returned from a weekend in this part of Abruzzo "harsh and savage". The fortress deserves a "climb" to the panorama from above, really to 360 degrees. Gran Sasso, Maiella and Velino, Black. We hopped twice on the same day. At two, leaving the car in the parking lot, about 20 minute climb rather tiring. And then by night tour, which began at 18 from santo Stefano sassano and finished at 9.30. About 8 km round trip, in the fields, with the sunset and Moonlight only to return. Unforgettable. You need suitable shoes and clothing to onion.
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  • Unique and magical place. It dominates the Valley. It is necessary to have a rather sporty clothing to get up to the fortress, because in some places the stones are quite slippery.
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  • And a truly beautiful place. The climb and a little steep but worth it go with the car up to 1450 m. wouldn't stay again ...
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  • Most beautiful views in Abruzzo. Easy to get to and very few tourists. Highly recommended if you are in the area.
  • Stunning!!! I wish I had a whole day set aside to go for a hike around the area and then have a nice lunch or dinner. Wow!
  • The Rocca Calascio offers an utterly sublime view of the surrounding Italian countryside. While the drive and climb up to the top are difficult, and parking is minimal, the visit is worth it. Make sure to go during the 'open' times for the central castle.
  • Surprised to find not one but two lovely restaurants nestled under the fortress in the little hamlet just below. Incredible views from the castle ruins giving some exceptional panoramas.
  • One of our exclusions with Amazing Abruzzo Tours, and a must see if you're in the Abruzzo region. We visited beginning of June on a beautiful sunny day. surprisingly few visitors...maybe a dozen and no admission. At 5000 feet it was about 18 degrees. On a clear day you'll see half way to Rome....which is why it's there. Standing there you can't imagine how they got the materials there to build it and the will to stay there and man the Fort. Just below is a small village that looks and feels like it's right out of a Harry Potter movie.