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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.
In the 13th
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.