Skip menu

Rocca di Papa

Overview

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.

Rocca di Papa

00040 Rocca di Papa RM, Italia

Related articles

Villages
Murale a Rocca di Papa. Photo by: Comune di Rocca di Papa

A tour at Rocca di Papa, a small town where over the centuries various legends have arisen

Mountain
Landscapes of Latium

Landscapes of Latium

Villages
Orte, a glimpse into the great Tiber

Orte, a glimpse into the great Tiber

Lakes
Lake Bracciano

Lake Bracciano

Tourist destination
Monterano, a ghost town and film set

Monterano, a ghost town and film set

Historical sites
The village of Nazzano

The village of Nazzano

Villages
greccio most beautiful villages in italy

Greccio is one of the most beautiful villages in Italy: here are 5 good reasons to pay a visit

Art and culture
Seven sites of art, history and culture just one hour from Rome

Seven sites of art, history and culture just one hour from Rome

UNESCO
The Necropolises of Tarquinia and Cerveteri

The Necropolises of Tarquinia and Cerveteri

Spirituality
The Via Francigena in Latium: more than just Rome

The Via Francigena in Latium: more than just Rome

Food and wine
Lazio and the majestic Roman artichoke PGI

Lazio and the majestic Roman artichoke PGI

Traditions
The “Ottava of St. Egidio”: a marvellous mediaeval-style celebration

The “Ottava of St. Egidio”: a marvellous mediaeval-style celebration

Sea
Ostia: discovering the sea of Rome

Ostia: discovering the sea of Rome

Museums and monuments
The 'great beauty' of Palazzo Sacchetti, in the heart of Rome, set of the Oscar-winning film by Paolo Sorrentino

The 'great beauty' of Palazzo Sacchetti, in the heart of Rome, set of the Oscar-winning film by Paolo Sorrentino

Sustainability
rome sustainable tourism hero

Rome is the perfect destination for sustainable tourism

Art and culture
Rome's Historic Cafes

Rome's Historic Cafes

UNESCO
The historical centre of Rome with all its beauty.

The historical centre of Rome with all its beauty.

UNESCO
178642214

Villa Adriana in Tivoli: an imperial Roman marvel

Art and culture
maxxi rome matter data

At MAXXI in Rome, data becomes matter

Art and culture
The works by Caravaggio in Rome

The works by Caravaggio in Rome

Ops! An error occurred while sharing your content. Please accept profiling cookies to share the page.