Calascio is a tiny village located in the Gran Sasso e Monti della Laga National Park, surrounded by forests, meadows and pastures, but also by rugged limestone rock. The famous fortress, the symbol of the town, was originally built in around the year 1000 as a single watchtower, but became increasingly important over time. As a result, two towns developed, Calascio and Rocca Calascio, the latter being completely destroyed in the earthquake of 1703. Today, all that remains to be seen of Rocca Calascio are its majestic and fascinating ruins, which stand like sentinels over the town of Calascio. The fortress, which has been restored and reinforced, is the highest in Abruzzo, and attracts many visitors. It has been used on numerous occasions as a location for national and international films.