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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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  • What can I say,lovely old village,half abandoned.A mini restaurant and you can also get sandwiches there. A panoramic view of the whole surrounding area. Absolutely beautiful in light snow Can visit t...  more »
  • Perfecto! Bravissimo! Excellent panoramic surroundings! Extraordinary breathtaking view! Interesting historical area for the BaroloBoys!  more »
  • I really suggest this hike. The trail is only 8 km round, and the landscape is worth the trip! There is the possibility to arrive at the bottom of the hill with a shuttle service, but the route is ver...  more »
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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.