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 maker website , to make sure you see all that Calascio has to offer, including Rocca Calascio.
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  • The ride was less long and tiring of what I thought, after the Church, the rock will leave you really took my breath away. I repeat here that for those who love photography and the sunset, this place is not to be missed.
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  • A must to visit while in Abruzzo. Great view from the top, nice walk to get there. No matter in which season, it always gives you deep emotions  more »
  • Every year, since I don't remember when, I walk the Abruzzo. Only! A week of my own, without a goal, but with the sole desire to be immersed in a wonderful nature with unique landscapes and amazing countries where time seems to flow slowly and imperceptibly. Rocca Calascio especially stole my soul, from the first meeting, many years ago. A magical place where our eyes and hearts coming together and get lost in open spaces, where the stones talk, they tell you ... and make you feel part of this world. My heart place!
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  • Fairy small castle on a rock, inside the wild Abruzzo, but shhh! Don't tell anyone or it will disappear! :) It was a strategic point for controlling the lands in the medieval time and all around you can see the "gran sasso" mountain, the "majella" mountain and the "sirente" mountain. I've never eat at the local restaurant but I bet it is great. If you love great landscapes and historical plsces you should visit it, also the streets to get there are great, be carefull and don't drive fast, there could be wild animals on the road and also sheeps! Enjoy every kilometer you drive going slow, stop in the local sheperd stores to buy the real pecorino cheese and remember to not throwon the ground your waste, nobody will clean it! Please respect Abruzzo's wilderness.
  • Rocca Calascio is a mountaintop fortress accompanied by Santa Maria della Pieta, a church built in 1596.  The fortress was built somewhere around 1140 above the town of Calascio, built around 816, currently half-abandoned due to a terrible earthquake in 2016.  There is a restaurant or two still open, and the city below has many places to stop for a coffee, so it isn't too remote of a location. When you visit, don't be fooled by the signs pointing to a steep climb to the fortress - you can keep driving up the thin road until you find a parking lot in the shape of a half-circle on a cliff.  That will save you a huge incline and twenty minutes on your hike.  After you park, walk towards the city (there's one entrance) and look for signs that point to the fortress - the residents were especially helpful when they thought I was lost! You'll see the side of the fortress first, but arrive at the church first.  Beyond the church are rolling hills and one of the best sunsets I've ever seen.  Look behind you for the ruin. It's a small hike, and the biggest incline is inside the city and through the rocks on the way to Rocca Calascio.  Mostly flat, but certainly bring shoes that are comfortable to scale rocks if you want to see the fortress up close. Medium effort for maximum views - if you find yourself with an extra afternoon or evening, I couldn't recommend this visit more.
  • Lovely place. Nice guides
  • Absolutely breathtaking in every way. Plus there's an incredible restaurant/B&B in the hamlet below the castello called Il Refugio di Rocaa Calascio that features beautiful views and absolutely delicious food with very personal and friendly service. An absolute must if you're visiting Abruzzo.
  • The most amazing views. The surrounding town is like stepping back in time 500 years. The road to the top was closed and only allowed bus, or a 30 minute walk. The walk is okay difficulty, but be prepared for loose gravel and dirt. Well worth it!
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