|Abruzzo Province of L'Aquila Calascio|
Province of L'Aquila, Abruzzo, Italy
In a wonderful position just below the renowned citadel called La Rocca, one of the most interesting in Italy for its structure , often used as the scenery for epic movies, and for the charming, peculiar octagonal church of St. Maria della Pietà (XVII century), on a solitary plateau, the village is today nearly abandoned by the local people, but an obliged stop for history-motivated tourists.
Altitude: 1210 m a.s.l -- Distance from L'Aquila: 22 km -- Population: ca. 200 inhabitants -- Zip code: 67020 -- Phone Area Code: 0862 -- How to reach it:
- bus: from L'Aquila
- road: A25 L'Aquila-Roma, exit L'Aquila Est
then S.S.17bis from L'Aquila
An important defensive centre in the early Middle Ages, came under Leonello De Acclozemora in the second half of the XIV century, was later given to Ferdinand, king of Naples. At that time a slow decline of the citadel began, and the villagers started to build houses away from the fortress, on the site where the village now rises. Painter Teofilo Patini lived for a long time there.
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