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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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  • View outstanding! Unique and impressive castle! A little treasure of our Center Italy! To visit! We arrived by car just below the village .15 mins walk, suitable for everyone.
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  • One of the places that makes you fall in love with the Abruzzo mountains. The Gran Sasso is gorgeous, but enjoy around the Majesty and beauty of all the mountains that encircle the Maiella, mother, the altopiano delle Rocche ... and then the villages and ... The fortress and the magnificent baroque Church, isolated and facing rising into the sky. YOU MUST GO THERE THANK ME
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  • We stayed at the shelter of the Rocca, welcoming and very high quality in low season. Breakfast plentiful and tasty. Dinner at the restaurant is mandatory – also because they lack alternatives-and val really worthwhile benefit: Ganesh, great food and excellent service. The visit to the country hit repeatedly by earthquake in 1300 and 1700 worth, as well as the octagonal church of the 16th century. Worth the money to go.
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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.