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Stan S wrote a review Aug 2015
Bucharest, Romania10 contributions1 helpful vote
Rocca Borgesca offer a magnificent view over the surrounding mountains, and, in addition it is a great place to have fun during night time.
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Date of experience: September 2014
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Benson149 wrote a review Dec 2014
Rome, Italy101 contributions58 helpful votes
The Borgia castle has an amazing and important history. Originally, on the site the south-west of Camerino, there was the Franciscan convent of St. Peter's in Muralto built about 1300. In 1502, Cesare Borgia invaded and conquered Camerino that for long had been governed by the Varano family. The Borgia conquest led to the slaughter of Giulio Cesare da Varano. To ensure the subjugation of the local population, Cesare Borgia ordered the building of a fortress around the original convent. The work was supervised by his father, Alexander Borgia VI, and was designed by Ludovico Clodio, a mysterious prelate. The finished fortress including huge walls, cylindrical towers and a huge keep and moat. Vast numbers of enforced labourers were brought in from the surrounding area and the new fortifications were completed between May and June, 1503, with materials including stones from demolished nearby houses. Shortly afterwards, the Borgias left Camerino and Guilio’s son, Giovanni Maria Varano, regained control of the city ind acquired the title of duke. A considerable amount of rebuilding then look place and Camerino prospered, attracting to the court of the Da Varano family between the 14th and 16th centuries artists and scholars from across Italy. By the end of the 16th century, the castle ceased to be used - the moat was filled in and the internal buildings were demolished, providing materials for the nearby houses to be replaced. Now the Rocca Borgesca has outside its walls a magnificent garden and inside is a flat grass area that includes a children's playground. It is a splendid place to relax. The only buildings (apart from the surrounding high walls) are what were originally the gate-house and the stable (now the home of a splendid restaurant - La Rocca). Looking over the walls provides a spectacular panoramic view of the surrounding area. My only regret (despite the photograph) is that dogs are not allowed to enter the grounds!
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Date of experience: December 2014
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