Santa Maria della Rocca is one Offida's most important tourist sites. It is situated on a majestic rock, isolated from the town.
In 1039, Longino D'Anzone gave Santa Maria to the monks of
the Farfa monastery in Sabina. In 1050, the little church was trasformed into a monastery, and enlarged, under the priorship
of Berardo III. At the end of the 13th century, the reconstruction of the church began and it was completed in 1330, in Romanesque - Gothic style. In 1563, the church became a collegiate church.
Two hundred years later, in 1798, the old manastery was destroyed and the materials were used to build a new collegiate church in the piazza.
At the end of the 1800's Santa Maria della Rocca became the property of the local Council which paid for necessary restoration and maintenance work.
On the north west corner of the piazza is the Chiesa dell'Addolorata where you can see a small temple with a statue of the Madonna Addolorata and a beautiful canopied cart containing a statue of Cristo Morto. Across a small street is the Chiesa del Suffragio, which, in the 15th century, was the
St. Antonio refuge. On the western side of the piazza is the Chiesa Collegiata whit its impressive crypt representig the grotto of the Madonna of Lourdes. Finally, next to the school, is the Santuario del Miracolo Eucaristico where you can see the remains of the Eucarist miracle.
The theatre was built in 1820.
Its design is typical of Italian
theatres of the 1700's, with
three levels of balconies.
On the ceiling, there are
paintings of some of Italy's
most famous composers
and writers, including
Verdi and Rossini,
Alfieri and Goldoni.