A hilltop village in the heart of the Castelli Romani, among history and nature
On the outskirts of Rome, in the heart of the Castelli Romani Regional Park, the village of Rocca di Papa rises up over the surrounding area at a height of 680 metres above sea level, amid houses clinging to the rock, ancient churches and the impressive Cathedral.
At the top of the town, you can admire the remains of the papal fortress, the first evidence of which dates back to 1181. Strolling through the town’s steep alleyways, be sure to visit the Church of Santa Maria Assunta, built in 1664, and the Sanctuary of the Madonna del Tufo.
The area around Rocca di Papa also includes over 1,400 hectares of forest, which over the years have become an ideal place for hikers, mountain bikers and horse riders. This is due not only to the lush nature, but also to the archaeological sites of great importance dotted around the forest, including the ancient Roman Republic-era Via Sacra and the necropolis, with Bronze Age cave tombs.
For an outdoor picnic or horse ride, you can head to the Pratoni del Vivaro, an endless green expanse just minutes from the centre of Rocca di Papa.