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Rocca Calascio

Rocca Calascio

Rocca Calascio is located in Province of L'Aquila in Abruzzo of Italy. The construction of the castle started with a single square tower. Rocca Calascio is situated at a height of 1550 meters above sea level this tower was protecting a strategic Navelli valley below.



Location: L'Aquila Province   Map

Constructed: 10th- 13th century




History of Rocca Calascio


In the 13th century Rocca Calascio was protected with further fortifications including central square tower that was enlarged and improved. After the Calascio castle passed into the hands of Piccolomini from its previous owner Baron of Carapelle, it underwent another restoration and extension project. However today only square defenses with its four cone like structures are preserved. Most of these walls of Rocca Calascio were destroyed by an earthquake that struck the citadel in November 1461. Ironically the fortress that was never tested in the battle was quickly abandoned due to natural causes. Although the village of Calascio managed to recover after many of the structures were destroyed there as well. Today Rocca Calascio is open to tourists and is located within Gran Sasso e Monti della Laga National Park. A small 17th century octagonal church of Santa Maria della Pieta is located nearby. It contains paintings of a local artist Tofilo Patini, although you will probably need an appointment if you want to be certain the church is open.











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