Umbria and the Marches Travel Guide

Umbria and the Marches Sights

La Rocca

  • Piazza Campello Map It
  • Spoleto

Published 06/20/2007

Fodor's Review

Built in the mid-14th century for Cardinal Egidio Albornoz, this massive fortress served as a seat for the local pontifical governors, a tangible sign of the restoration of the Church's power in the area when the pope was ruling from Avignon. Several popes spent time here, and one of them, Alexander VI, in 1499 sent his capable teenage daughter Lucrezia Borgia (1480–1519) to serve as governor for three months. The Gubbio-born architect Gattapone (14th century) used the ruins of a Roman acropolis as a foundation and took materials from many Roman-era sites, including the Teatro Romano. La Rocca's plan is long and rectangular, with six towers and two grand courtyards, an upper loggia, and inside some grand reception rooms. In the largest tower, Torre Maestà, you can visit an apartment with some interesting frescoes. The fortress also contains the Museo Nazionale del Ducato, 15 rooms dedicated to the art of the duchy of Spoleto during the Middle Ages. If you phone in advance, you may be able to secure an English-speaking guide.

Sight Information

Address:

Piazza Campello, Spoleto, Umbria, 06049, Italy

Map It

Phone:

0743-224952

Sight Details:

  • €7.50 including the Museo Nazionale del Ducato
  • Closed Mon.

Published 06/20/2007

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