Castello di Rocca Imperiale

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Castello di Rocca Imperiale

Castello di Rocca Imperiale
10:30 AM - 1:00 PM, 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM
3:30 PM - 5:30 PM
3:30 PM - 5:30 PM
3:30 PM - 5:30 PM
3:30 PM - 5:30 PM
10:30 AM - 1:00 PM
3:30 PM - 5:30 PM
10:30 AM - 1:00 PM
3:30 PM - 5:30 PM
The castle is situated on the top of a hill on which Rocca Imperiale’s residential centre is extended with its houses arranged in stando, al about 200 metres sea levei. The fortress that Frederick II of Swabia had built in 1225 in a place of great military and strategic importance to control the Ionian Coast (Via. Publica de Apulia). Frederick II (26 December 1194 – 13 December 1250) was a Holy Roman Emperor and King of Sicily in the Middle Ages, a member of theHouse of Hohenstaufen. His political and cultural ambitions, based in Sicily and stretching through Italy to Germany, and even to Jerusalem, were enormous. However, his enemies, especially the popes, prevailed, and his dynasty collapsed soon after his death. Historians have searched for superlatives to describe him, as in the case of Donald Detwiler, who wrote: A man of extraordinary culture, energy, and ability – called by a contemporary chronicler stupor mundi (the wonder of the world), by Nietzsche the first European, and by many historians the first modern ruler – Frederick established in Sicily and southern Italy something very much like a modern, centrally governed kingdom with an efficient bureaucracy. Besides, the principal defensive purpose, Frederick united the task to give a home to the Court in their movements and in their hunting purposes of which the territory was suitable. At the construction of the castle there followed the development of a flourishing residential centre in which conducted the people to a series of fortified settlements that are present in the territory. After Frederick’s death, Rocca Imperiale was entrusted to the Knights of the Hierosolymite Order by Charles I of Anjou, that in 1271 stayed in the castle, was accepted by the inhabitants of Rocca Imperiale as a liberator. Charles of Anjou, was the King of Sicily by conquest from 1266,[1] though he had received it as a papal grant in 1262 and was expelled from the island in the aftermath of the Sicilian Vespers of 1282. Thereafter, he claimed the island, though his power was restricted to the peninsular possessions of the kingdom, with his capital at Naples (and for this he is usually titled King of Naples after 1282, as are his successors). Having ended the Anjou domination, in 1487, Alfonso II of Aragon strengthened Rocca Imperiale’s castle with the addition of a wall and creneillated towers. In the subsequent two centuries many were the large landowners that alternated in the government of the territoty, constantly mangled by barbaric raids. In 1664 the castle endured the attack of 4000 Saracen pirates that devastated Rocca lmperiale, destroying the ancient thirteenth century church of which today remains only the beautiful Romanesque bell - tower with mullioned windows and frames. In l7 l 7 the feud passes on to the Crivelli dukes to which they give the last significant alterations to the castle, with the addition of the top floor which followed beginning in 1835 a period of abandonment and devastation that reduced the castle to a pit of building material. This period of abandonment has now finally concluded thanks to the works of restoration, that are still in progress, strongly desired by the Municipal Administration.
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Erica H
Margherita di Savoia, Italy15 contributions
Awesome historic castle in beautiful town
May 2021 • Family
This is a beautiful castle with impressive views and is definitely worth a visit. The staff are kind and informative. I loved the explanation of past events at the castle.
Written 19 June 2021
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Gabriele M
Rocca Imperiale, Italy11 contributions
Most suggestive Time tou can spend in south italy
Jul 2020 • Friends
+101% relax. Skyline everywhere, only wonderful people, in the castle you have everyting tou need and the beach is really close too. ❤️❤️❤️
Written 6 July 2020
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Paris, France5 contributions
Very interesting with a guide tour
Aug 2018 • Couples
Great tour, a guide funny and with many interesting stories about the castle.
Bad point: no english tours
Written 28 October 2018
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Breda, The Netherlands187 contributions
Impressive Castle
Jul 2018 • Family
We were driving fro Puglia to Calabria and knew that this was a place to visit. The entrance fee was 10 euro for 2 grown ups and 2 children. The castle is very big and some rooms are restored. Like many places in Italy the info is only in the Italian language.There was a guide speaking german, but she was busy with other visitors.
We did not want to wait for that. Certainly worth wile a visit if you are not too far from this place.
Written 1 August 2018
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Richard M
Kippax, UK19 contributions
4th visit
Jul 2016 • Family
This lovely castle is somewhere we always bring friends who visit us, it's lovely to see that restoration continues but that the castle is not being spoilt. Inline the last review we ask that the entrance costs are kept low so we can continue to visit regularly.

Just some info in English works be helpful.
Written 21 July 2016
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Michael M
Galicia, Spain252 contributions
Knowing His Onions
Jan 2016 • Friends
Yes, the man on the gate wasn't just there selling the tickets. We got there past five o'clock on Sunday evening and he chirps up and says with a beaming smile that the 3 Euros include a guided tour! He certainly was enthusiastic about the history that surrounds this castle and delivered his knowledge accordingly. There is an ongoing effort to turn the place into a venue of sorts; with wiring, glass windows and new wooden flooring being installed. As I mentioned in an earlier visit to a Museum further south, I do think that the entrance fees could be increased without too much trouble for tourists and thus speed up the restoration ...
Written 1 February 2016
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Written 2 April 2016
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Italy596 contributions
Beautiful castle, full of history.
Aug 2015 • Friends
Beautiful castle in a commanding position along the north Ionian coast, in a location that turned out to be impregnable to any invader, including the Turks as late as 1644. It’s a quite sizeable fort, bigger than many others constructed in this southern Italian region, enlarged a few times after the first structure erected by Frederick II of Svevia in XIII century, especially by the Aragona dukes in XV century.
Restoration works have been underway for a few years, and, in the eyes of a first time visitor, a lot appears to be done yet, although the local guides (as well as anybody who visited it a few years ago) will tell you that the situation has improved significantly (the structure was closed to visitors just 8~9 years ago). There is an apparent effort to restore the castle respecting as much as possible the original structure, particularly in the utilization of selected construction materials.
Don’t miss it if you pass by Rocca Imperiale along the Ionian highway. Particularly beautiful the arched entrance stairs on the southern side (beyond the entrance gate that was once protected by a ditch), as well as the well-preserved towers (in typical Aragona style) on the eastern side. A useful brochure is provided with the (cheap) entrance ticket, in Italian language, not sure whether available in English as well.
No need to be a history buff to breathe a bit of history at this place, just thinking about the importance these structures had over the centuries to protect the South of Italy.
Written 8 August 2015
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Rossella P
Edinburgh, UK27 contributions
Amazing Castle-Federico II
Aug 2014
This Castle is just amazing. It has been refurbished in the last few years but its condition is still the same of the past. It belongs to Federico II. The guide of the Castle is very friendly. Another great thing about this place is the atmosphere: quite and fascinating.
You could have an amazing view on the sea as well, if there is a sunny weather.

I highly recommend it!
Written 26 February 2015
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Eli B
Sydney, Australia3,697 contributions
Before the castle visit there's the Sila mountains with its centuries-old forests, beauty and culture in the palzzos an
Nov 2014 • Couples
First things first. This is the dead heart of Calabria and as much abounds with myths, legends and superstitions. It is alleged that Alaric, the Visigoth king was buried here with his treasure. The river was diverted, according to legend, he was buried and the river was returned to its natural course. 'Show me', is my response..... and where is my metal detector when i really need it?

Philosophical pursuit is the hallmark of every advanced region, and this place, was and is, fervently dedicated to learning. To acquire the moniker of "The Athens of Calabria" is not an idle boast. Not even the Spanish, who left an indelible mark on the city were able to infuse a taste for the sensual curvature of shapes, rather than the plain and austere facades, minimally decorated so as not to overpower the sacred and dignified characters residing within these churches and palazzos.

Over the next centuries, austerity was restored getting an injection in its creative juices from Casanova who declared that "the town had enough of the superfluous to render life tolerable. Craftsmanship in the form of tailors' guild and fine leather work brought praise from Prague, in fact, the entire cycle of silk production was formed here.

The old city now became the periphery with the living city now beyond the river. We tested this theory by hopping over to the Swabian Castle for a looksie at the best preserved castle in Calabria. Other monuments worth visiting are the 12th century Romanesque duomo, the 13th century church of San Fransesco d'Assisi and the town's beautiful palazzos. Nature lovers will gravitate to the Sila Mountains for their lakes and enchanted, centuries-old forests.

This is the largest park in Europe and should not be missed.
Written 20 February 2015
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London9 contributions
An enchanting castle
Sep 2014 • Couples
The castle at the very top of the hill on which sits the small town of Rocca Imperiale is one of the most well preserved and beautiful medieval castles I have ever seen. We had no expectations, and visited the town just because we were staying nearby, so the castle was a surprising treat. There is very little information available to support your tour if you go around under your own steam, as we did, but this is potentially a blessing in disguise as it gets your nose out of a guidebook and makes you experience the atmosphere and architecture of the place. It was easy to imagine the courtiers and knights of old in this substantial building, now beautifully weathered and crumbling, though with some rooms still intact and restored. The views over the peaceful agricultural country of Calabria are wonderful. Thoroughly recommended. And the walk through the maze-y town is a treat too...
Written 21 September 2014
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