Rises on the sea border between Calabria and Basilicata regions.
This picturesque village takes its name from the Imperial Castle which still dominates the town with its impressive mole.
Its habitat preserves the look of the ancient medieval village intact, with houses staged at the foot of the fortress. Rocca Imperiale covers an area of approximately 53 square kilometers. The town is divided into Country and Marina.
The agricultural production is intense, the local economy is flying along with the seaside tourism.
The beach, 7 km long, sees rocks, pebbles and fine golden sand across “Basilicata”.
The fortress from the name of this town was built in 1255 by Frederick II of Swabia. The square-based plant is reinforced by eight massive towers, of which five are circular based.
Even today the Rocca Imperiale Castle is subject to numerous studies and important researches.
Interest focuses on military techniques and defensive systems and architectural elements that have made it almost unassailable.
The fortress of Rocca Imperiale, over the centuries, also became the luxurious residence of numerous noble families, but after the end of feudalism, the magnificent castle was sold furniture, furnishings and even fixtures and tiles, giving way to that period of abandonment and Of devastation that transformed the castle into a quarry of building material.
Fortunately, vandalism only affected the eighteenth century structures, while the rest of the building remained stable and intact, leaving the charm of this castle unchanged, a symbol of this land suspended between the sea and the mountain.
Is famous for the quality of the lemons grown in its lands, to which the IGP brand was assigned.
The characteristics of this citrus make Lemon of Rocca Imperiale unique in the world.
But this town is also known to be the Country of Poetry. Thanks to the international competition of poetry “Il Federiciano”, a kermesse that has become Rocca Imperiale an open air anthology, with the medieval village hosting the poetic majolica pottery stele, which portrays the poems of poets such as Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Federico Garcia Lorca, along with the poems of the contest winners.
Renowned at Rocca Imperiale is the festival held each year in honor of “Madonna Della Nova”.
The country holiday with a religious procession in the heart of the “Cesine”, famous for its vineyards, is held on July 1st and 2nd. The legend tells that “Madonna della Nova” appeared to a shepherd telling him where she wanted the church to be built. On the occasion of the extraordinary jubilee desired by Pope Francis, the Sanctuary of the Madonna della Nova was included among the Holy Doctrines of the Dioceses in the world.
Every Sunday, until the end of the Jubilee of Mercy, all the faithful have had the opportunity to cross the Holy Door of the Shrine of the Rocca Imperiale, and enjoy the benefits of Divine Mercy.