How to reach Rocca Calascio
For reaching Rocca Calascio by a bus, you might like to take the Arpa bus from the main bus station in L’aquila, the Terminal near the Santa Maria di Collemaggio. Have a look at the Arpa page, to see possible connections from your current destination in Abruzzo. Get off in the center of the Calascio village, look up the hill, and walk After a while you get out of the village and then you can follow the road, or just go up until you find this amazing ruins. Hint: for getting of the bus don’t forget to ring, otherwise the bus doesn’t stop. If you don’t know when to ring, kindly ask the bus driver in L’Aquila to stop in the Calascio village and remind him yourself after a bit again, so he doesn’t forget you. For coming by a car, use a google map below. If you like hiking, feel free to keep the car in the village and walk up the hill. You will enjoy being up there even more (trust me!) and it can be part of your sport challenge ;-) If you prefer to walk as least as possible (shame on you!) here is the top parking possibility. From here you have to walk up. There are two ways and we usually take the right one to the way there and the left one back. Hint: Check the last picture again. See, where the kerb is broken above the black car? That is where the right path starts. No worries, it is steep only for 10-20 meters, after that you find a walking path. On the way there you meet Santa Maria della Pieta, built between 16th and 17th century. Usually this is closed (I haven’t seen it open yet) but if you are lucky, you might find it open and get a quick look inside. If you continue up, and you make it just for the sunset (our time was September around 6pm), you will meet some people, ready with cameras, to capture the best pictures ever (and much better then you, because they have much better cameras!). Rocca Calscio was built for military purposes as a single watchtower in the 10th century and is at its 1460 meters above the see level is the highest and oldest fortress in Italy. It was damaged by an earthquake many many years ago and never got rebuilt, sadly, .. but that all fills the place with the magical atmosphere it has On the way down, you simply follow the walking path and come down back to the car park, passing restaurant Rifugio della Rocca and some houses of a family living here. There are some free running dogs belonging to this family (as everywhere in Abruzzo) but are friendly and come wagging the tail if not ignoring you.
Eating out in Rocca Calascio
If you feel like having coffee and some croissant, there is a nice lady having a mini bar on the main street, just next to where the bus drops you off. This is a very nice place to stay for a bit when getting ready for your hiking up [before], or waiting for the bus [after]. There is a restaurant just under the castle too, called Rifugio della Rocca. I haven’t eaten there and don’t know much about prices, however, people seem to be happy around there. This pub/restaurant is owned by a family that lives up here and takes care of the castle, as well as the surrounding. (That’s a nice way how to live “in the castle”, isn’t it!!)
The Castle of Lady Hawk
Just a note: few years ago, there was a movie filmed here (and I can’t wait to watch it!). Thanks a lot for reading. If you have some questions or comments feel free to write below, I am looking forward to hearing from you! Have a wonderful rest of the sunday