The Rocca

May 29, 2013 / Local Interest
Palombara Sabina, Lazio
palombara2Hill-top castles such as this are the kind of thing one runs into when you get off the beaten path and simply drive around the country side and “explore”. The circular tower of this one is from the 9th century and is built on some ancient Roman ruins, as you can see by the marble pieces leaning up against the wall in the third photo. Like all such places, the old medieval town is tucked up against it and spills over the cliff down the hillside. To put things in perspective, the tiny cypress trees, center top of photo 2, are about 50 feet tall.

palombara1The open courtyard off the side of the castle was full of children playing ball.

“Who goes and gets the ball when it goes over the side?” I asked them.

“Aww, we’re careful. It only happened once. Hit every roof on the way down. We didn’t even bother go looking for it.”

With such an incredible place to play, and given the distance down, can’t say I blame them.




by GB Bernardini

Editor, Italian Notebook

2 Responses to “The Rocca”

  1. Dan Johnson

    When we drove the A24 across Italy from Rome to Chieti area, we saw several of these remarkable villages clinging to mountain sides. One had to wonder what it would take to reach one if we got off the beaten path!

  2. Giuseppe Spano
    Giuseppe Spano

    Some may say ,”so” an old Castle,eh? It is the age ,the setting ,the people and the stile di vita that is part of the place! You must sit there,eat a meal ,have a glass or two of wine, speak to the children playing. Then you know Sabina. To be young once more..


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