Lombard Castle in Rocca San Felice

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HISTORICAL NOTES | TOURIST INFORMATION

Historical Notes

At an elevation of 750 m. above sea level, Rocca San Felice represents the typical village of Irpinia that developed around the Castle. The Origins of the castle are vague, it almost existed during the Lombard domination. The Castle was built in a very strategic position on the hilltop from which defending against the enemy raids was a seemingly easy task. The castle protected also an important trade route.

The first historical mention of Rocca San Felice dates back to 1150 , the owner of the Castle was a certain Ruggiero de Castelvetere. As a royal Castle, it was used to imprison people for various reasons, however these were usually high-status individuals such as the son of the King Federico II, that was imprisoned in the Castle in 1236. Rocca San Felice subsequently became a fief held by the Saraceno family in 1440, it passed to the Caracciolo family in 1535 and Giovanni Battista Reale kept it in 1594. The Capobianco family became Princes in 1635 and ruled over Rocca San Felice until the abolition of feudalism (1806).

Over the years, unfortunately the Castle was severely damaged by many earthquakes. Today we can see the remains of a Cistern, together with the remains of the Keep, some Turrets and an ancient doorway.

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Attractions in Rocca San Felice

 

The beautiful Middle Ages Village

 

Attractions in Rocca San Felice

 

The beautiful Middle Ages Village

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