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Colin Murphy: Track 4711 in area near Italy, Abruzzo ()
Length: 1.1km, Creator time taken: 42m08s, Ascent: 16m,
Descent: 70m

Places: Start at Lon 13.6891, Lat 42.3288, end at Lon 13.6916, Lat 42.3277 240m SE from Start
Logged as completed by 4

Ok, the track I uploaded appears upside down as I forgot to start my AllTrails app recording until I was at the top. I blame the 37 degree heat. Anyway, this is a spectacular reward for relatively little effort. Rocca Calascio is the spectacular ruin of a 10th century Norman castle in Italy’s Abruzzo region, about 25km east of L’Aquila. It sits on a narrow, rocky ridge with a high point of 1512m.
The summit is reached first via a narrow road winding up a series of hairpin bends. As parking is limited near the top, an initial road walk of about 1km is advisable (basically take whatever parking you can, as otherwise you will have to perform an 11-point turn on a road only as wide as the length of your car, as I did).

Continue up until the road ends in the tiny hamlet of Rocca Calascio, which is partly in ruins, but does have one functioning bar – a welcome sight on the way down. The views over the surrounding Parco Nationale Gran Sasso become increasingly better as you ascend. Climb some steps through the village until you come to a dusty track that zig-zags its way up the mountain.


Near to the top, you pass the octagonal Chiesa de Santa Maria della Pietà, built in the 16th century to celebrate the locals seeing off a pack of brigands. The church is largely abandoned but its setting is quite exquisite.

A bit more trekking uphill over dusty, rocky trails brings you to the Norman castle, which also has a stunning setting, and not surprisingly has been the location of several movies such as Ladyhawke and The Name of the Rose. Depending on where you managed to get parking, up and down can be done in about 1.5-2 hours, although could take considerably longer if the bar is open as you descend! Mea culpa.

Uploaded on: Tue, 16 Aug 2022 (15:07:09)
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