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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Rocca Calascio Reviews
FreakyFamilyAugust 18, 2017
Siamo stati qualche giorno fa in questo posto meraviglioso... ed è stata un'esperienza indimenticabile! il panorama è stupendo ed il posto è ricco di storia! Un grazie particolare all'associazione che... more »We were a few days ago in this wonderful place ... and it was an unforgettable experience! the view is gorgeous and the place is full of history! Special thanks to the Association that manages the place and guided tours of the Castle ... For FREE! ... and this is a credit to all the volunteers ... Thank you! The guided tour was clear, simple and comprehensive with descriptions of the places and historical events of the past that were helping the mind to fantasize about the past. You get in the car to Calascio and taking tickets for the bus to Rocca Calascio (ninth is accessed by car) at the Info Point at the main square there you start the first adventure that is the bus ride ... it feels like being on a roller coaster that takes you higher and higher on a wide road as the bus itself! breathtaking scenery from the outset ... then continue the adventure up to the Castle! definitely recommended!
gemelli063August 18, 2017
Per la seconda volta siamo tornati a Rocca Calascio.Che dire,il panorama lascia senza fiato...ti perdi guardando verso il Gran sasso!Consiglio di percorrere la strada sterrata che porta fino al borgo ... more »For the second time we returned to Rocca Calascio. That said, the view is breathtaking ... you get lost looking towards Gran sasso! Advice to take the dirt road that leads to the village and then continue to the fortress. You arrive just before sunset and what you will see will leave you speechless. The Sun penetrating through the slits of the Tower, the sky turns red, and after doing so many pictures, lie down (bring a blanket) and enjoy this wonder!
Giose CAugust 18, 2017
Posto meraviglioso da visitare in abbinamento al borgo di Santo Stefano di Sessanio. Un punto in meno purtroppo per l'organizzazione. Per salire alla rocca (con bussetto 3 km. in quanto la strada è ch... more »Wonderful place to visit in conjunction with the village of Santo Stefano di Sessanio. One point less unfortunately for your organization. To climb to the fortress (with 3 km as the bussetto road is closed at least through August): Park at the town of Calascio, buy tickets and take the bes ... all in three different places and no directions. Also arrived on the Castle no guide for a minimum of information on the Castle and the beautiful views of the Maiella and Gran Sasso. Peccato....si could do more
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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