Rocca Santo Stefano

From Perugino to Michelangelo Buonarroti, in the church consecrated to Saint Stephen in the little township of Rocca Santo Stefano, you can stand in awe before works of great artistic value.
The historic centre with its maze of narrow streets and stone houses is still today a medieval gem to admire during a leisurely stroll with stops at the Church of Santa Maria Assunta, the one consecrated to San Sebastiano and the Church of Sant’Antonio di Padova.
Rocca Santo Stefano has experienced some hard time throughout its history. It was plundered several times both by Filippo da Marano and by the Lords of Civitella, the present-day Bellegra. For this reason a small castle was built on the highest spur of the rock. Houses began to be built around this castle and even a lazaret was constructed to isolate those who had become ill with the plague during epidemics. This is why the town came to be called Rocca (citadel) and dedicated to the communityʼs patron saint.
Those who love animals should visit the ValleVegan, a shelter for abused animals located here and only a few kilometres from Rome.
Must-tries are the local porcini mushrooms, the gnoccacci, polenta with pork spareribs, pork chops, mutton and hand-made pasta with beans. On the sweet side, the delectable ring-shaped biscuits made with Cesanese wine, therefore pink in colour, and the anise-flavoured ones.

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