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Rocca Sanvitale di Fontanellato

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Address: Piazza Matteotti, 1, 43012 Fontanellato, Italy
Phone Number: 0521.829055
Description: The Sanvitale Fortress of Fontanellato rises, enchanting and suggestive...
The Sanvitale Fortress of Fontanellato rises, enchanting and suggestive, at the centre of the village; surrounded by a wide moat, it contains a precious treasure: the “Room of Diana and Actaeon” painted by Parmigianino in 1524. The aristocratic apartments of the Sanvitale counts is still intact, with original furniture and furnishings. From the “Camera Ottica” it still possible observe the real life outside the castle thanks to an ingenious system of lenses
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Less-than-one-day escape

Went to Fontanellato on a busy Sunday afternoon. You can only visit the Rocca through a guided tour (which, I suspect, is only available in Italian). Guide was average, but the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 16, 2015
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Utrecht, The Netherlands
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42 reviews 42 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

Went to Fontanellato on a busy Sunday afternoon. You can only visit the Rocca through a guided tour (which, I suspect, is only available in Italian). Guide was average, but the history of this building is interesting enough to keep you thrilled. We opted for the complete visit, which lasts approximately 1 hour and costs just a few euros more... More 

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Burnley, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

We had to make a detour to visit this castle in the centre of Fontanellato, but we are certainly glad we did. It's got a lot of character for a small castle, my daughter loved exploring and throwing snow balls into the castle moat! There is a guided tour at 11:00am Tuesday to Friday. The surrounding town is very quaint... More 

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St. Annes-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

We visited with our Italian friends who took us for a meal in the town.We saw the Costello and decided to do the tour which was 7euro each.You get to see some fantastic art and furniture including a very unusual snooker table which looked like a homemade conversion from a pocketless billiard table.You should try to visit as you will... More 

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Warsaw, Poland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014 via mobile

Rocca Sanvitale looks interesting from the very first encounter. It's located in the middle of the city and surrounded by a moat, and the mix of the two is not something I've encountered many times. On the inside, there is one room that I haven't seen in any castle before. Its called the optic room and it holds a set... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

If you fancy a break from shopping at Fidenza Village, why not take the short drive to this beautiful walled town. Fontanellato is small but prosperous. It is well known for the Santuario and among the British as WWII prisoner of war camp (Eric Newby was imprisoned there). The main sight is the Rocca (fortress), which is surrounded by a... More 

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Bergamo, Italy
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

Castle itself is nice and very interesting to see, but the main reason to go there is Parmigianino frescos: simply a masterpiece! We decided to have all castle guided tour, but if you don't have enough time it's possible also to have short tour with Parmigianino frescos and optical room in the tower. Fontanellato is also a nice village and... More 

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