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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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  • Place of great charm and poetry, full of tradition and history. Guests can also enjoy a unique landscape! To see absolutely.
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  • In a quarter of an hour or so from the car park (or from the terminal of the shuttle buses), through a narrow lane in moderate slope, you reach the Church into an image, and from there you can climb in five minutes at the Castle
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  • Define Rocca Calascio is unlikely. Every adjective superlative also seems to be an understatement. Rocca Calascio is like a landing place which can be reached after traveling the Green Sea of slopes and plateaus of Gran Sasso. Leave the car in the vicinity of the small village below the Castle (where there are lovely restaurants) can be reached by a short path (recommended anyway comfortable footwear). Just before reaching the Castle you can admire a majestic and unique octagonal church (unfortunately closed). The rock as much as from within is smaller than pictured admiring from afar is a truly magical place and well understand the reason that prompted even filmmakers to choose as a frame of film become cult ("the name of the rose" and "Ladyhawke"). From vents on the four towers you can enjoy stunning views of the surrounding landscape. An experience not to be missed!
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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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.

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