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The Abbot Fortress

Subiaco |  From Rome  From L’Aquila  From TIVOLI  From FIUGGI

The Abbot Fortress


 From Rome
 From L’Aquila
 from TIVOLI

The first thing you see, once you get to Subiaco, is the Abbot Fortress, also known as the Borgia’s Fortress. It stands at the top of the town, above the medieval old town center, the “Borgo”.
It is more than one thousand years old, it was built in 1070 A.D. to control and defend Subiaco.
Across the centuries, it changed many times: at the end of the XVIII Cent., Pope Pius VI believed the fortress had to leave the way to the noble palace.
If only he had imagined he was about to die on the run on the Alps, maybe he would have kept the fortress…
« Subiaco, that pointed pile of houses large and small which culminates in the Rocca del Cardinale…»

Antonio Fogazzaro, The Saint

By the way, since the second half of the 15th Century on, everybody passed through here: Colonna, Barberini, Borghese…and soon before them, the Spaniard Juan De Torquemada and Pope Alexander VI (Rodrigo Borgia). The latter made his mistress Vannozza Cattanei living here, and in 1480 A.D. she gave birth to a beautiful baby girl, the daughter of the Pope, Lucrezia Borgia.
Since that day on, the Abbot Fortress of Subiaco has seen many historical pages go by (if you want to know more about it, you can browse the official website ).

The Abbot Fortress nowadays offers an uninterrupted performance inside ad outside its walls: the Colonna (XVI cent.) and Braschi apartments (XVIII cent.) decorated with amazing paintings and frescoes by Liborio Coccetti and the school of Pierin Del Vaga.

Enjoy the most beautiful view of Subiaco and its valley from the Fortress garden, visit the MACS ( Paper and Press museum) and discover the story of the first printed book in Italy.



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Useful info

| Opening hours

From Tuesday to Sunday, closed on Monday, Christmas day and New Year’s Day.
From November the 1st to April the 30th: 10.30 A.M. – 6.30 P.M.
From May the 1st to October the 31st: 10.00 A.M. – 7.00 P.M.

| Ticket Entrance

Full price: 5,00€
Concession: 3,50€

| Facilities

Public toilet and gift shop.


Only cars allowed in the car park. Buses are not allowed.


MACS museum is at the ground floor, visitors with mobility impairments and wheelchair can visit it. Wheelchairs are not allowed in the apartments.

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