The only moment of glory of Rocca Calascio was many centuries ago 1985, when it served as the set for the fantasy film Ladyhawke.

It then went back to being a sleepy ghost town, isolated among the peaks of central Italy’s Apennine hills in the beuatiful region og Abruzzo.
It is one of 20,000 so-called “sleeping beauties”in the country, abandoned following earthquakes, when locals went to cities for a better life.
These lost hamlets are now being brought back by lovers of history.
Foreigners are most interested in recovering dwellings in ancient, forgotten towns because it’s like living in a real medieval world frozen in time, with rich and traditions.
Calascio’s pure air and gorgeous scenery are also attracts tourists. Now a heap of broken stones, during the Renaissance it was part of a defensive system of watch towers used by the Medici to fend off enemy attacks.
Calascio’s grandeur ended when the fortress was rocked by a violent earthquake striked Italy and the locals run away from the beautiful village.

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