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Around medieval villages and castles

Hiking in Abruzzo

Around medieval villages and castles (Hiking in Abruzzo)

From the centre of Santo Stefano di Sessanio we take the road for Campo Imperatore.

After about 1km (signpost), we turn right onto a side street and then take a lane crossing a plateau (Piano Lucchiano). From here we climb up a valley (Valle Pareta) as far as a road halfway up the slope (3.5km from the start).

Following it to the right and keeping to the right, we reach a fork and go up to the Renaissance oratory of Madonna della Pietà, a small chapel built in the sixteenth–seventeenth century.

The place of worship has an octagonal floor plan and a dome with eight segments. Inside we find a painting of Our Lady of Miracles and a sculpture of Saint Michael with Arms.

From here, we can head towards the village of Rocca Calascio, largely abandoned, (another 350m, then turn right) or we can climb to the fortress by bearing right.

The fortress (1380), which can be visited free of charge, was used as a military observation point in communication with other nearby castles, as far as the Adriatic Sea.

It is in white ashlar and consists of a keep, a crenellated wall, and four corner towers.

The path ends in the parking area at the entrance to the village of Rocca Calascio. At this point, we can go back to Santo Stefano di Sessanio along the same route.

To visit the charming town of Calascio (around 3km away) we follow the winding road downhill to the town. From here we can return to Santo Stefano by bus (see timetable).

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