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Brancaleone Fortress

Rocca Brancaleone was built by the Venetians in 1457 with the purpose of reinforcing the defensive structures of the city. It stood in an uninhabited area to the north-east of the city walls, close to the road that led to Venice.

The main construction of the fortress was the Rocca itself, a wide quadrilateral surface measuring 2180 square metres with four impressing circular towers at the corners, joined by walls. To the south rises the so-called Cittadella, a 14.000 square-meter area once used for the accommodation of the garrisons, for the storage of foodstuffs and arms, for the stalls and for other purposes. Surrounded by walls and protected by a fortified gate, the Cittadella had two circular and two semicircular defensive towers at its corners. Around the fortress ran a wide moat that, notwithstanding the filling works, still shows traces of its existence.   

The fortress now hosts the Rocca Brancaleone public gardens


Opening hours

Everyday: 8am - 9pm

Ticket price

Free entry

How to get there

The fortress is located in the surroundings of the city centre, at a 5-minute walk from the railway station. Car park nearby; bus park in Viale Farini. Bus stop 20m away for routes 2, 3 and 5.

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Last modified date: 06/05/2020


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