Rocca Calascio
Rocca Calascio
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Leongus
Highmount, NY61 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2013 • Friends
We visit Italy every year as my husband's family lives in Abruzzo. We take all guests that come with us to Rocca Calascio. The entire experience is beyond words. The views from this ancient castle are panoramic with Gran Sasso mountain sitting gloriously (and if you are fortunate) peaking out of a ring of clouds! This is a little hike, so be prepared with comfortable shoes. The village on the way to the castle is not restored yet, but work has been started. The ride up is worth the views alone. Take a picnic lunch and if you are fortunate, the local dogs will join you. Enjoy this quiet gem before the rest of the world finds it as there are no crowds here. If you have the day, make sure to visit the nearby Gran Sasso National Park. During the summer, the shepherds actually live outside with the sheep and you will see the sheep dogs found especially in Abruzzo. Cows with cowbells and horses grazing above the tree line. Truly like going back in time.
Written 15 August 2014
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Thrust v
Prague, Hlavni Mesto Praha, Czech Republic85 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Family
The location is surreal. Best to see is evening or morning, with sun low on the sky. It makes the mountains more plastic if they have shadows. You can climb the Rocca's walls for free, the inner cube is open only in Sunday. I think. Don't quote me on that. It is well worth the while to climb it even if the central cube is not open. It looks surreal, like from the Lord of the Rings. Quite unique place. Also, when arriving by car, make sure you park right before old houses below the rocca, there are two parking lots, the lower one is far away. Just keep driving even though the road looks like you shouldn't drive there, only stop and park if you see houses and a no entry for vehicles road sign(it is clearly visible and quite obvious).
Written 17 August 2018
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Andrew W
Shrewsbury, UK218 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018 • Friends
We were taken to this incredible place by a friend who has written a book about the area. We spent an enchanting weekend here and a good couple of hours walking up to the castle, and having lunch nearby.

The castle is interesting from a historical viewpoint, but more so for the stunning location and views. Sadly, on the day of our visit the light was challenging, but still!

This part of Italy hasn't been discovered yet like, for instance, Tuscany, but we have little doubt that it soon will be. At lunch we listened to one of our American cousins finalising the purchase of a house. Go before the crowds arrive.

As already mentioned, enchanting.
Written 15 October 2018
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Peter B
St. Albans, UK51 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2014 • Friends
I stayed at the Rifugio for a few days with some walking pals last year - rooms basic but so atmospheric and with such far-reaching views over the Appenines - this was the first time I'd stayed in a hotel that is actually a reclaimed abandoned village. The short walk up to the castle and church was so magical I did it several times. This year I came back to Gran Sasso with my wife and a couple of friends and we stayed in Santo Stefano Di Sassanio. We walked from there up to the Rocca and it was truly a stunning walk with fabulous views all around. Had a very nice lunch in the Rifugio and walked back the same way through acres of wild flowers avoiding those big white sheepdogs who were carefully guarding their flock. A memorable day indeed
Written 5 June 2014
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722pauline
Lytham St Anne's, UK20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2013 • Family
My son and I walked here from S. Stefano di Sessanio on the long winding road looking at all the beautiful flora, fauna and wildlife on the way on a beautiful sunny day. As you turn the last mountain you see before you the sight of the octangle church and higher again the fort. It is truly a magical sight to see. Exploring this area was amazing but not for the faint hearted as it is so high as a little wind makes you feel a little cautious. But it is well worth it as you will never see views like it again you can see a 360 degree view of the whole of the mountains and all the little hill top mountains. You can also make it to the base of the fort by car with steep but reasonably short walk up. On the fort side, a little lower down there is a bar/restaurant. Remember to wear strong walking shoes!
Written 17 June 2013
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Caroline S
London, UK131 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2012 • Couples
We walked the 5 km from Santa Stefano di Sessanio up hill and down dale and enjoyed it tremendously, and when we got to the actual fort (the highest in Italy) it was well worth it. What a beautiful place with wonderful views over the outstanding Abruzzi countryside. We then decended to the Refugio for a welcome beer and panini before making our way back.
Written 25 July 2012
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Susan B
Los Angeles, CA50 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
The hike up from the village is easy, the last 30 feel to the top of the tower more challenging but worth the extra vistas viewable. You can see many distant peaks and enjoy the ruined castle itself for a 1-2 hour adventure.
Written 30 September 2019
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3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
It is not so easy to get to but once there, all you have to do is spread your arms, look up and breathe the fresh air!!! Beauty <3
Written 25 July 2019
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Ilaria M
Rome, Italy32 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2012 • Family
Rocca Calascio one of the most charming and spectacular fortress of the Abruzzo region in the province of L’Aquiila, Italy.
Rocca Calascio is the highest fortress in the Apennines, it has an elevation of 1,460 meters it was aimed to control an extended area and was made for military purposes. Built of stone and masonry it was not a residence but only worth to accommodate troops.
The construction of the fortress started in the tenth century as a single watchtower. A walled courtyard with four cylindrical towers at the corners was added in the thirteenth century. The lower part of the fortress is built with large stones to make it impenetrable to invaders. The fortress was damaged by an earthquake in 1461 and not rebuilt. Near the fortress is the church of Santa Maria della Pietà built in the seventeenth century.
Rocca Calascio was the location for several movies: Francesco, by Liliana Cavani with Mickey Rourke, il viaggio della sposa by Rubini, King David with Richard Gere, Yado with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Richard Donner’s film Ladyhawke.
Rocca Calascio is within the Gran Sasso e Monti della Laga National Park and a wonderful drive nearby is the one to the high plain of Campo Imperatore.
My family really enjoyed discovering this out of track treasure.
Written 8 January 2013
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Madgnats
Kenai, AK96 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
Zig-zagging up the steep mountainside provides amazing views of the surrounding mountains and valley below. Parking is available nearby so only slight uphill walking is necessary to get into the quaint town below the castle ruins. Climbing even higher to the castle ruins gives a 360 degree panoramic view of the surrounding countryside and a realistic taste of the architecture and lifestyle of long ago. Behind the castle is a chapel and a peek into the window gives a great view of art work and statues inside. A friendly street vendor is available to sell souvenirs. Rocca Calascio is well worth the uphill hike, and something you won't want to miss.
Written 20 October 2019
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