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ROCCA CALASCIO CASTLE / LADYHAWK CASTLE – Abruzzo (IT)

Summary: ROCCA CALASCIO is a MEDIEVAL CASTLE that lies within the Gran Sasso e Monti della Laga NATIONAL PARK and alongside the high plain of Campo Imperatore (also known as the LITTLE TIBET of EUROPE).

The MEDIEVAL CASTLE, also known as LADYHAWK CASTLE is located on a ridge at the height of 1,460 meters; it was used as a MILITARY observation POST in order to communicate with other towers and nearby castles to even reach the Adriatic Sea Coastline.

Today you can VISIT ROCCA CALASCIO for free and it’s definitely worth losing yourself in the MEDIEVAL ATMOSPHERES dated back to the year 1000 AD.

Near the fortress, at a slightly lower elevation, is Santa Maria della Pietà, an octagonal church built in the seventeenth century.

The whole area can be considered an amusement park in the open air for climbing enthusiasts, for those interested in walking in the endless valleys, for horseback riding, hiking in the nearby national parks (on foot or on a mountain bike), for skiing enthusiasts (thanks to its proximity to the SKI RESORTS).

Full Description:

ROCCA CALASCIO lies within the Gran Sasso e Monti della Laga NATIONAL PARK and alongside the high plain of CAMPO IMPERATORE (the Little Tibet of Europe).

6 9The MEDIEVAL CASTLE, also known as LADYHAWK CASTLE, overlooks the Plain of Navelli at one of the highest points in the ancient Barony of Carapelle. Located on a ridge at the height of 1,460 meters, it was used as a MILITARY observation POST in order to communicate with other towers and nearby castles to even reach the Adriatic Sea Coastline. Damaged by the 1703  earthquake, it has been subject to a series of restorations between 1986 and 1989 which had restored the structure allowing to bring back to life its architectural functionality.

12 15Near the fortress, at a slightly lower elevation, is Santa Maria della Pietà, an OCTAGONAL CHURCH built in the seventeenth century.

ROCCA CALASCIO and the entire valley have been often used as SET for MOVIES and COMMERCIALS, among which LADYHAWK starring Michelle Pfeiffer (1985), THE NAME OF THE ROSE with Sean Connery (1986) and THE AMERICAN with George Clooney (2010), just to name a few.

Today you can VISIT ROCCA CALASCIO for free (and it’s worth losing yourself in the MEDIEVAL ATMOSPHERES dated back to the year 1000 AD) and why not doing it while staying at the “Rifugio della Rocca”.

Rifugio della Rocca is a beautiful HOTEL located RIGHT UNDER the ANCIENT TOWER with several rooms and a peculiar and typical restaurant where you can taste delicious meals.

The whole area can be considered an amusement park in the open air for climbing enthusiasts, for those interested in walking in the endless valleys, for horseback riding, hiking in the nearby national parks (on foot or on a mountain bike), for skiing enthusiasts (thanks to its proximity to the SKI RESORTS).

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