Being in Abruzzo we couldn’t pass up the chance to watch the sun go down at the famous Rocca Calascio. It has an elevation of 1,460 metres (4,790 ft) and is the highest fortress in the Apennines. Construction began on the fortress in the tenth century as a single watchtower. Fun movie facts—Rocca Calascio was the location for several scenes in the film Ladyhawke. Sequences for The Name of the Rose and The American were also shot here.
The crumbling fortress is beautiful with a view of the nearby octagonal church that was built in the seventeenth century, but the most wonderful thing is the view of the mountains. It’s absolutely breathtaking. No matter which way you turn in a 360 degree circle, it’s full of magnificent landscapes. The mountains seem to always overwhelm the soul—probably because, like the ocean, it reminds us just how small we really are. The beauty and grandness of God’s creation is astounding. I may have had one of those Pride and Prejudice moments when standing on the edge of the cliff.
We had a wonderful time hiking around the fortress and going for a little walk to another peak of mountains nearby. It was the perfect spot to just sit together and watch the sun fade over the horizon as the sky morphed into every color imaginable.