Rifugio della Rocca

Rifugio della Rocca

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The Rifugio della Rocca, nestling below the ancient castle at Rocca Calascio, offers a characteristic restaurant and bar, and the "albergo diffuso", a hotel whose lovingly restored rooms and apartments are distributed in various buildings in the village. The hotel also has a dormitory that can sleep groups of up to 16 people. Bookings can be made all the year round, and you can visit the Rocca (castle), the octagonal mountain church, the beautiful medieval villages in the district and the mountains of Gran Sasso. In the neighbourhood you will find good climbing sites, footpaths and routes for mountain bikes in the National Park, and cross-country and back-country skiing areas are on hand. Throughout the year the Rifugio Della Rocca organizes classical music concerts, in collaboration with maestro Orazio Tuccella's Officina Musicale ensemble, and literary and scientific lectures.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Public wifi
Free breakfast
Bar / lounge
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Hiking
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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HOTEL STYLE
Quaint
Languages Spoken
English, Italian

Location

Loc. Rocca Calascio, 67020 Calascio Italy
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Getting there
Somewhat walkable
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Grade: 67 out of 100
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Liberi Airport
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Joseph C wrote a review Oct 2010
Saint Louis, Missouri7 contributions8 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This is a gem but not for everyone. Rocca Calascio is a medieval town built on a mountain side. There is a ruined castle a couple hundred yards above the town. Views are fantastic. The couple who run this B&B are terrific. Went out of their way to make us comfortable. Our "room" was an excellently restored, three room stone house. If you like to hike, drive scenic mountain roads or just relax this is for you. If you want nightlife and action -- look elsewhere.
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Date of stay: October 2010
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
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5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
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5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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MGH75 wrote a review Feb 2010
Chicago, IL2 contributions7 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
My wife and I stayed at Rifugio della Rocca while on our honeymoon. My great-grandparents were from Calascio and I am the first (hopefully not the last) of my family to be fortunate enough to return.

We spent two nights here, but honestly we should have stayed 3 or 4 and done some short drives into the countryside. We arrived in the evening and it was raining, which continued into the next day. It wasn't until the next morning when we were going to leave that it cleared and we were able to hike up to the castle. It was an indescribable moment to climb with my wife through village my ancestor's lived and stand on the top of the citadel looking out over the stark rustic beauty of the valleys. We spent 3 weeks in Italy and this moment was by far my favorite.

The hotel's quarters are a cluster of small houses, each having 2 or 3 rooms for guests. There are a couple dogs that hang around, but they are friendly and like to hike up to the fortress with you. The houses have been rebuilt in the traditional style with the heavy stone exterior walls and timber roofs. The windows are small and awkward, but that is a traditional detail of life 200+ years ago on the side of this cliff that you will not get anywhere else. We appreciate and commend the Salvati's (the owners) commitment to the authentic experience. They have done a superb job restoring the village - house by house, stone by stone.

Other reviews have mentioned the food, and so must I. As i said, we were in Italy for 3 weeks, which obviously means a lot of great Italian food. We did not have dinner the first night because we ate late in the day on the drive in. But the second night, our meal with the Salvatis was the best of our entire trip. We remember specifically the pasta with saffron and a dish with boar, both of which were wonderful. They also have great local wines and delectable homemade desserts.

We hope this little gem keeps thriving and that we get to return in the near future. Also, we are still on their email list and I know they have classical music concerts up there occasionally, which I would love to see, but unfortunately it's not a quick jaunt over for the show...from Chicago.
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Date of stay: September 2008
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
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5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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marcamb wrote a review Jul 2012
5 contributions10 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
if you haven't been here, you cannot say you visited Abruzzo. The place is magic, a bunch of stone houses and the remains of an ancient castle. 360° panorama over the land below. We did not sleep there but had a delicious lunch after hiking to the top, which is a 10min walk from the restaurant. Recommended.
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Date of stay: July 2012
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
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5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Susan B wrote a review Sep 2019
Los Angeles, California50 contributions52 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The Rifugio is located in a partially restored medieval village below the fascinating Castel del Monte. Our medieval room was spacious, modern bathroom, large private terrace overlooking the valley. The food(dinner as well as the generous breakfast)and wine in the restaurant were excellent. Hiking trails were beautiful. The staff, headed by the masterful Andrea, were friendly, very helpful, professional, and informative. A truly unique experience, only a 2.5 hour drive east of Rome. Excellent value. Abruzzo should not be missed.
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Date of stay: September 2019
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: Choose a room with a view, the terrace was a lovely bonus.
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NicolaBurnieTasmania wrote a review Jan 2019
Penguin, Australia43 contributions55 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Quaint accommodation located in a very special location. We loved the walking between villages, enjoying the local cuisine prepared by our hosts and the peace! It’s a little bit quirky but very comfortable.
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Date of stay: October 2018
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keewerner wrote a review Apr 2018
Rome, Italy91 contributions40 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This time I came back with my 8y old son, and we got there by foot from Santo Stefano. The place hasn't changed: always friendly and nice service, beautiful and stylish rooms.

Did I tell you that the rooms are located each one in a separate house and all are restored in old-fashioned (local) style? For us, it was stone walls and a central vault of hand-made bricks. But the bath rooms has modern showers, there is a central heating etc.

A MUST for every traveller who happens to pass by!
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Date of stay: April 2018
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: Bring a pair of binoculars with you - you'll have a wonderful view!
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J B wrote a review Jan 2015
Salt Lake City, Utah104 contributions87 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed one night as a small family at El Rifugio, and made the trip in part due to what we had read about the place, and our interest in staying in authentic-feeling, mom-and-pop style hospitality. When you stay at Rifugio, it can feel as if you've stepped back in time, and are long ways away from everything and everyone, all of which together is what we were seeking.

Strengths are location, on top of a mountain with commanding views, and only a 10-15 minute hike to the castle. The owners and staff were very nice, answered any questions/needs immediately, and seemed to take an interest in our family and our quality of stay. We enjoyed a good dinner at the restaurant, and breakfast was ample, by Italian standards. We really enjoyed our room, which was decorated with antique furniture, perfect exposures, and artistic touch. Perhaps most importantly, being there in the winter time, was the question of heat, which was most surprising, and welcome - the shower was hot, and the heating originated throughout the floor, which actually made the floor pleasant to walk on in bare feet, again, in the middle of winter.

Not sure if there was wifi in the room, but we didn't check, as we were looking (successfully) to get away from connectivity. The only knock would be that the bed was a little firm for our tastes, and the pillows a little flat, but compared with what we've widely experienced in Italy, this is fairly normal.

We would definitely stay again, and can recommend El Rifugio to those interested.
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Date of stay: January 2015
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
3.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with family
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keewerner wrote a review Sep 2014
Rome, Italy91 contributions40 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Rocca Calascio and the "Rifugio" has always been a dream location but only last weekend I managed to stay there overnight. I can only agree with the others: food is excellent, the view is breathtaking, the old village (or what's left of it after the earthquake of 1703) and the 12th century castle are just spectacular. I just want to add the fine restorations the owner applied to all the rooms: very much in style with antique traditions, using only local materials, and only adding some modern amenities (floor heating!) where necessary. Highly recommended!
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Date of stay: September 2014
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled solo
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Response from Paolo B, Proprietario at Rifugio della Rocca
Responded Nov 7, 2014
Dear Sir, thank you for your words about our Rifugio. We try always to do our best so the people can feel the beauty of the place and have a warm welcome, and your words encourage us to go on this way. Thank you again from a misty Rocca today Paolo e Susanna Baldi
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Alice S wrote a review Apr 2014
Auburn, Alabama26 contributions37 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
This place is located in a deserted and ancient hilltop village. Just a short hike above is the famous castle Rocco Calascio. This castle is amazing and should not be missed if you are in the area. The B&B is very nice with comfortable beds and bathrooms. It is spread out among the village so you may need to walk a little bit to your room. We stayed in the hoopoe room and liked it a lot. We were able to have a wood burning fire in the evening which was cozy (although unnecessary as the room has heating). The only internet is in the main building where the restaurant is. We enjoyed dinner at the restaurant. The food is typically local and very hardy. The breakfast was ample and good too. All in all, we enjoyed our stay here a lot. If you craze isolation this would be a perfect place for you. If you don't, then a night or two would be great too as you could see the castle and some of the other sights in the area. There is a lot of natural beauty to enjoy also.
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Date of stay: April 2014
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
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5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
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5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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BarbaraTombari wrote a review Nov 2013
Fano, Marche, Italy80 contributions26 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
The adventure starts once left the main road. Every turning is a new photographic landscape, but nothin g prepared me to what was next. The Rifugio is really like going back in time plus all the moder comforts and the kindness of the people running it. DO NOT miss Susanna's ricotta cheese cake after having wondered in and out and about the rocca all day. The stone it is made changes colour with the light. Then, when the darness comes, stuff yourself with a lovely board meat stewed in red wine. You will sleep like a baby at the local bakery or in any other room of the Rifugio; it is so silent, so restful.
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Date of stay: November 2013
3.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Eisner2016 asked a question May 2018
Jacksonville, Florida4 contributions3 helpful votes
What room did you stay in or enjoy the most?
Calascio, Italy
Our best room is the "Upupa" you can see some photos and description in our web site rifugiodellarocca, thank you!
Aleeeeeep asked a question May 2019
L'Aquila, Italy18 contributions9 helpful votes
Il ristorante é raggiungibile solo a piedi o si può arrivare anche in auto?
Answer from Piero Bini
19 contributions50 helpful votes
Quanto alla disponibilità di camere occorre telefonare all''Albergo diffuso di Rocca Calascio, il cui numero è reperibile su sito.
Nicola F asked a question Aug 2018
70 contributions48 helpful votes
C'è disponibilità per domani sera ,di una matrimoniale per 2 persone?
Charlene M wrote a tip Oct 2019
Vancouver, Canada233 contributions93 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"We were in the Bakery Yellow Room and I loved it."
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Susan B wrote a tip Sep 2019
Los Angeles, California50 contributions52 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Choose a room with a view, the terrace was a lovely bonus."
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keewerner wrote a tip Apr 2018
Rome, Italy91 contributions40 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Bring a pair of binoculars with you - you'll have a wonderful view!"
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ItalyAmico wrote a tip Sep 2012
Italy84 contributions135 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Becareful with the parking there. There is no parking space near the hotel only pick up and drop off spot. Actually parking space is located below which is about 300m from the hotel. So if you have bags you have to first drive up the slop drop you bags than drive back down to park your car."
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Frequently Asked Questions about Rifugio della Rocca
Which popular attractions are close to Rifugio della Rocca?
Nearby attractions include Rocca Calascio (0.2 km), Santo Stefano di Sessanio (4.2 km), and Centro Storico di Castel Del Monte (5.0 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Rifugio della Rocca?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at Rifugio della Rocca?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Rifugio della Rocca?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Rifugio della Rocca?
Conveniently located restaurants include L' Elisir del Poeta, La Bettola di Geppetto, and Sapori di Campagna.
Is Rifugio della Rocca located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.5 km away from the centre of Calascio.
Are pets allowed at Rifugio della Rocca?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Rifugio della Rocca?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Italian.
Are there any historical sites close to Rifugio della Rocca?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Rocca Calascio (0.2 km), Centro Storico di Castel Del Monte (5.0 km), and Porta Medicea (4.2 km).
Does Rifugio della Rocca have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the mountain view available here.
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