The Rocca Pia Castle
Rocca Pia: The Pride of Tivoli
The castle was built at the end of the medieval and communal era of Tivoli. Several changes were made to the city in order to make way for the new castle. The Roman amphitheater was leveled out and medieval walls with a door were constructed in the northern part of the city in order to defend it from invasions.
After the construction of the Rocca Pia in Tivoli began the age of several castles and villas in Tivoli, for which the city is internationally renowned today.
The two smaller towers of the castle are located towards the inner courtyard of the castle in order to control the inside of the city and the fortress. Both of these towers have three rooms each. The walls of the castle are quite thick and are still standing strong, defending the city even today.
For better protection, the entrance to the castle was controlled with the help of a drawbridge which is located on the northern side. The portal of the castle features an inscription with Latin text on it which mentions that the castle had been built by Pio II for the protection of the good people of Tivoli from the enemies.
If you are visiting Tivoli, you cannot leave this spectacula hillop town without exploring the castle of Rocca Pia, and seeing the sights of the city from its ramparts.