The surreal summit of Rocca Calascio

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Rocca Calascio is a hamlet of the Italian municipality of Calascio, 3 km (1,8 miles) away, in the Abruzzo region

Known nationally and beyond for the presence of its famous medieval castle, dating back to the 12th century, located 1,460 meters (4,790 miles, one of the highest fortresses in Europe) above sea level, which allows for breathtaking views.

It has been the scene of a variety of films, such as “Lady Hawke,” starring Michelle Pfeiffer, “The Name of the Rose,” starring Sean Connery, “The Octopus,” “Padre Pio,” “My Friends Act II,” “The Bride’s Journey,” “The Event Horizon,” and the latest in chronological order, “The American,” starring George Clooney.

A fortress that stands in the middle of nowhere ranked by National Geographic among the most beautiful castles in the world, can be reached by hiking or walking, in the territory of the Gran Sasso and Monti della Laga National Park.

Just minutes from Santo Stefano di Sessanio, it is one of the most romantic places in Abruzzo, where in clear weather, you can see miles away: Campo Imperatore, the Navelli plain and the majestic Gran Sasso mountains.

The absolute silence, the immensity of the surroundings and the mountains create a magical atmosphere between reality, fantasy and imagination.

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