The Parco della Rocca (“Castle Park”) is the name of the best known park in the center of Todi. The castle was constructed on the highest point of the city and it is a great place to enjoy some fresh air and a nice view.
Parco della Rocca Todi
The address of the Parco della Rocca is Piazzale IV Novembre – 06059 Todi. Opening hours: Sunrise till sunset. Entrance fee: Free.
History and curiosities
The Rocca (“Rock”, but also often “Castle”) is located on a 411 meter high hill in Todi. It was built in 1373 by order of Pope Gregory XI.
In 1382 the inhabitants of Todi had the fortress pulled down only to rebuild it in 1395.
In 1495 it was attacked by the troops of Sixtus IV led by his grandson Giuliano della Rovere, who was later to be elected Pope Julius II.
In 1503 the castle was again dismantled. The stones were used as building material for the Temple of San Fortunato and the Tempio della Consolazione.
Today, the Rocca is a green oasis in Todi, where one can walk peacefully and children can play without any problems.
What to see
Among the ruins of the old fort, the Mastio, a large round tower, stands out above all.
The panorama (the Chiesa della Consolazione, the Monte Santo Monastery and the Tevere Valley) is breathtaking.