Monday, 27 November 2017

Castle in The Sky: Roccascalegna

A visit to Abruzzo should include a special trip to the medieval Castle of Roccascalegna, perched precariously high up on a steep rock cliff.

I first read about it in Life in Abruzzo's post here.

 Image above courtesy of KRB

The article and images inspired us to see this beautiful castle for ourselves. So one bright sunny Sunday in mid October, we set off with great anticipation, and we weren't disappointed!

Below a view of the village from one of the open windows:

The castle was the dramatic location for some of the scenes from the movie 'Tale of Tales'.
Wikipedia link:

You need a pair of sturdy walking boots to access the castle and its internal areas and you will not be disappointed when you see the stupendous views of the Abruzzo countryside from the top.

A little rest was needed after all the walking, and the seat below on the way down from the castle provided a pleasant moment of respite, despite a few wooden slats missing!!

After a leisurely walk around the ramparts, we followed the steps down and passed a few colourful paintings on gas covers such as the one below.

We had a lovely lunch at the nearby  Il Corvo Restaurant.  The gnocchi were excellent and the beautifully presented cheesecake was to die for!

All in all, a pleasant morning was spent in this location!

During the winter months the castle is open on a Sunday.

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