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Rocca Calascio

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HISTORY

Rocca (meaning fortress, castle) located at 1460 meters high is considered one of the highest fortifications in Italy. It is believed that the castle was built from the year 1000, but the first document that mentions the monument is from 1380.

From the 15th century onwards it became the property of the powerful Piccolomini family, which added four cylindrical towers to the fortress, and thanks to its importance around Rocca, a small village began to be built. The fortress also passed into the hands of the Medici - who intended to defend the Florentine wool trade movement - and in 1703 was the victim of an earthquake that forced the community that lived around the castle to found a new village (Calascio) a few kilometers from the castle .

 

WHY THIS PLACE

In the vicinity of the castle is also Chiesa di Santa Maria della Pietà, a circular church from 1596 no less photogenic than Rocca Calascio. A graceful place to host the most majestic weddings.

CURIOSITIES

• In addition to being the protagonist of The American, with George Clooney, and Ladyhawke played by Michelle Pfeiffer, several external scenes from one of the cult films of the late 1980s - The name of the Rose, based on the novel by Umberto Eco - were recorded in the Abbey of Eberbach, in Germany, in Castel del Monte, in Puglia, and in Rocca Calascio.
• National Gegraphic magazine included Rocca Calascio among the 15 most beautiful castles in the world.

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