|Comune di Rocca Pia|
|• Total||45.00 km2 (17.37 sq mi)|
|Elevation||1,181 m (3,875 ft)|
|Population (1 January 2007)|
|• Density||4.1/km2 (11/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|Saint day||19 March|
Rocca Pia is a comune and town in the Province of L'Aquila in the Abruzzo region of Italy. Its territory extended up to the level of Cinquemiglia. Rocca Pia is also the name of a castle in Tivoli, near Rome.
Castle Rocca Pia
The castle replaced the earlier Callisto II Borgia and derives its name from Pio II Piccolomini, the Humanist Pope who had ordered that the castle be built in Tivoli in 1461. Niccolo and Varrone were the two architects entrusted with the construction of the castle. The castle took one year to build and its main purpose was to control the city and to prevent any future revolts or violence.
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