Rocca di Calascio, at an elevation of 1,460 m, is the highest fortress in Italy located in the province of L’Aquila. It was exclusively built for military purposes and intended only to accommodate troops. The fortress was started in the 10th century as a single citadel watchtower. It was badly damaged in 1703 by an earthquake. Near the fortress, at a slightly lower elevation, is Santa Maria della Pieta, an octagonal church built in the 17th century.
Abruzzo is a region in central Italy, its western border lying less than 80 km east of Rome. Abruzzo borders the region of Marche to the north, Lazio to the west and south-west, Molise to the south-east, and the Adriatic Sea to the east.… [Read more]