Rocca Calascio, Calascio

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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  • A lovely place, out of time, location as spectacular as charming, the view from the fortress is fabulous. A nice walk to do Sunday to capture a view and sumptuous spectacle ...
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  • I recommend everyone to pay a visit to this enchanted place. Really impressive, both winter and summer. Eye and winter c and snow, could be from snowshoeing ... There are also bars and accommodation where to eat. Bring a camera ... it's worth when returning home a few shots.
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  • I'm intrigued ... in love and fascinated by castles. and rocca Calascio is still intact. the magic that you feel when you are on only if you love seats so the look ... Going up the drawbridge. watching the gran Sasso. and turning to the rock ... I had a huge desire to shout ... And then I was so happy I gave an immense happiness. go for it you will not regret it!!
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  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Beautiful place, wear flat shoes if you plan to climb up to the fortress
  • an epic place with epic views! you definitely should visit this place, better if in winter time! thanks "travel abruzzo" for the amazing tour ;)
  • Great place with breathtaking view of the valley. Buildings are really in good conditions and you can eat there at reasonable prices with good quality

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