La Rocca Albornoziana ospita la sede della Fondazione sin dal 2000, anno in cui furono conclusi i lavori di restauro degli edifici dell’ala nord-ovest costruiti nella prima metà dell’800 per l’uso carcerario che la Rocca svolse fino al 1982.
Works began in 1359 ordered by Cardinal Albornoz who had been chosen by Innocenzo IV to reorganize the Papal State. From 1362 to 1370 Matteo di Giovannello, known as Gattapone, oversaw the works.
The Rocca is located on the higher part of St Elia hill whose land was leveled in order to host the foundation of the six quadrangular towers which are connected by the defensive wall forming the building perimeter.
Walls and towers mark the Cortile delle Armi, where soldiers protected the Castle and the Cortile d’Onore, the most representative area of the Rocca standing for the residential soul of the building, housed by Popes and Governors.Gomez Albornoz, the Cardinal’s grandson, was the first man of the Castle, followed by Bonifacio IX and by several governors, among which Lucrezia Borgia. Her father, Pope Alessandro VI, sent Lucrezia here when she was nineteen in order to keep her away from her husband Alfonso from Aragona.
THE ROCCA TODAY
In 1817, the Papal Government built new buildings as for example the Foundation headquarters. Free from the prison in 1982, the Rocca has been carefully renovated. Beside the Foundation, the Rocca buildings will receive: the National Museum of Ducato di Spoleto, the Laboratorio di diagnostica dei beni culturali Association and the Documentary Center of Centro Italiano di Studi sull’Alto Medioevo.