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Oliver S
New York City, NY11,318 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
It's free, probably the reason it's rated so highly on TA. But it's nothing, really: a very impressive outside with nothing inside... Go see Villa d'Este instead
Written 6 October 2023
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AL
West Palm Beach, FL26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
Entry is free. Open Friday-Sunday Interesting and easy to tour in an hour. Staff friendly and helpful. Parking is difficult so park in the garden square which is metered
Written 19 June 2023
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Mairwen1
United Kingdom10,816 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
We walked past this medieval fortress castle on our way from the train station to the Villa d’Este and Tivoli Gardens.
It was closed when we passed by and as far as I can tell it’s not open very often.
Fortunately you don’t have to go out of your way to walk past it as it’s just next to Piazza Garibaldi and only around the corner from the villa.
Without going inside, what you see here is a smallish but severe looking fortress with a square structure and 4 round towers.
Built it in 1461 by Pope Pius, it was designed to protect the city against the enemy within rather than outside attackers. A popular uprising was more likely than any external attack.
Originally it had a drawbridge but this no longer remains. In the 19th century it was used as a district prison until 1960.
Unless you happen to see it open, this is a just a very quick stop on your way to Villa D’Este.
Written 6 April 2023
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Birgitta-Kenneth
Solna, Sweden1,485 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
An old magnificent castle in the mddle of the town of Tivoli well worth visiting. It is really well conserved and do get there.
Written 30 October 2022
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Shelly M
Post Falls, ID524 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019 • Solo
Because the entry to this lovely little castle is free, I'm not going to grouse too much about what it's lacking. What it does offer is a beautiful example of medieval architecture. There is a little information posted, all of it fascinating. It's easy to get a feel of what it must have been like in the 15th Century. I just wish more of it had been open to the public. I especially enjoyed the authentic clothing on display.
Written 26 October 2019
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Manuela L
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg6,692 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018
Located in Vicolo Borchetto this very nice little castle is to see, but it's not everey time offen, so we had not a vist; it seems it was an old prison inside and has surely many history.
Written 5 September 2019
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Matheus S
North Wales, UK3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Family
We came to Tivoli primarily to visit Villa D'Este, and came across this small castle. The free tour was given in English by Simona, who was very friendly and was able to answer everyone's questions. The tour was roughly half an hour and quite informative.
Written 9 June 2019
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Vadim
Murmansk, Russia33,933 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Solo
Rocca Pia stands a few steps from Piazza Garibaldi. Pope Pius II Piccolomini built it in 1461 on top of a hill to control the city from above and to avoid any popular uprisings. Its construction took only a year. The works were designed by architects Niccolo and Varrone. The fortress has a square structure with four round towers of different heights, the highest reaches 36.50 meters. The main tower consisted of six rooms. The second one consisted of 5 rooms and was 25.5 meters high. Two smaller towers facing toward the center of the city, with a height of only 18 meters, and consists of three rooms each. There are traces of a suspension bridge on the wall of the fortress and along the perimeter you can see traces of a dug ditch. Later the fortress was reconstructed under Sixtus IV and Julius II. Subsequently, Rocca Pia served as a barracks, which housed the French and Austrian invaders. The fortress changed its function under Napoleon, who turned it into a prison. Many of Napoleon's innovations have survived it for centuries. Rocca Pia remained a prison until 1960. Half a century has passed, and no any visitor can go to the fortress still. Why?
Written 10 March 2019
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Miltiadis Ch
Athens, Greece65 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019
I visited this place without knowing of it before and it was a happy surprise for me and my daughter. Our guide Mrs Simona proved to be very kind and explanatory person, showing us all parts of the old castle, which has only recently opened up to the public, after years of restoration. It is easy to go there from the train station or the bus station.
Written 5 March 2019
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milica m
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019 • Friends
Glad we decided to see the castle. The tour guide was really nice and gave us a lot of interesting, historical details. The visit is free and worth it.
Written 24 February 2019
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