Rocca Imperiale Castle

Rocca Imperiale, Italy

The imposing Swabian castle of Rocca Imperiale is on the top of the hill over which the whole residential area extends. The fortress was ordered by Frederic II of Swabia in 1221, and he ordered the construction or refurbishment of 200 castles for defensive purposes in southern Italy. The castle was built in a place of great military and strategic importance and surveillance extended to the whole of the Gulf of Taranto. The development of the residential area followed the construction of the castle, bringing in the people from a series of fortified settlements in the area. Many feudatory lords alternated in the government of the area, constantly under barbarian attack, in the following 200 years.

In 1664, the castle withstood the attack of 4000 Saracen pirates who devastated Rocca, destroying the old 13th century church in the old centre of which only the lovely Romanesque bell tower with mullioned windows and cornices remains. In 1989, the last heirs of the family owning the castle decided to donate it to the Municipality of Rocca Imperiale.



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Founded: 1221
Category: Castles and fortifications in Italy

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Louis Kroon (5 months ago)
Fantastic experience attending a Nativity walk through the old town, beautiful
Richard Meadmore (15 months ago)
Always quiet but good for an afternoon wonder, great views and on top of a town which is well with a visit too.
Filip Ussarz (3 years ago)
It was closed during day time till 17:30 in July. So no picture was taken inside... But guessing it is beautiful. Next time...
Andrei Nita (4 years ago)
An amazing spot in Calabria on the same level with Matera, Tropea and Assisi.
Brigitte Baaten (5 years ago)
Beautiful castle. Stayed there for about one hour. Ticket price 3 euro. Also walk along the streets of the old town, that's quite a picturesque walk.
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