Known primarily for its maritime area, Rocca Imperiale stretches from the top of a hill down to the valley, already offering an extraordinary spectacle to all visitors who come to this charming town.Starting from the valley, you can admire magnificent constructions dating back to the medieval era that stand out across the landscape until you reach the top of the hill, where the jewel of the entire historic centre, the Swabian Castle, is situated.Frederick II himself ordered the construction of the castle in this particularly strategic location for military and defensive purposes, thus initiating the first true construction in a territory that had previously only seen small temporary settlements.It was after the construction of the castle that houses and buildings gradually emerged, now perfectly blending with much more modern constructions.Among the streets of the old village, you can breathe a completely medieval atmosphere: arches, narrow streets, and stone walls where souvenir shops and restaurants serving the typical dishes of this land famous for its PGI lemons are located.

Historic Centre and Places of Worship

The historic centre of Rocca Imperiale is undoubtedly one of the most evocative in the region.This is indeed a completely medieval village that comes alive from the Castle that towers over the entire city.In addition to admiring the many wonders of the entire fortified structure and its crenellated towers, there are also several places of worship to visit.Starting from the foot of the Swabian Castle, you can embark on a true religious itinerary, with the first stop at the chapel of St. John the Baptist, dating back to the 1400s, and that of the Holy Rosary, from the 1600s.Continuing your visit, you reach the Mother Church, built by the will of Frederick II, dating back to 1239.The next stop is the Church of Carmine, built in the 1600s, which features magnificent polychrome stuccoes decorating the main altar and a niche with the statue of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.A few steps further, you can visit the Church of St. Anthony of Padua, also very ancient, dating back to the 1500s.The final station is the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Nova, the patron saint of the city, which can be visited through a guided tour.

The Belvedere

Thanks to its special location, Rocca Imperiale boasts many belvederes and is the perfect destination for those seeking a holiday home with a view of the Ionian Sea.Although surrounded by vast expanses of vegetation, finding houses with terraces directly in the historic centre of the city is particularly difficult. If you are looking for a new holiday home, you can find it through the directory.