Rocca Sanvitale di Fontanellato

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Rocca Sanvitale di Fontanellato

Rocca Sanvitale di Fontanellato
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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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aa27
Lausanne, Switzerland545 contributions
Worth the visit, good Italian guided tour
Feb 2020 • Couples
One of the many castles of the region, but probably one of the best. Well preserved, perfect walls, water all around "helping" to get nice pictures. The visit is guided only, at specific times (takes about 1 hour) and there were quite a few people, despite it was a Friday morning in winter. The guide was very precise and helpful, telling a lot about the history of the place and of the frescos. Unusual the 19th century optical installation in the dark of one of the tower, allowing to see the projection of the outside world. Pity no pictures allowed.
Written February 16, 2020
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andrea r
Sondrio, Italy70 contributions
absolutely worth the visit
Aug 2019
if you want to discover Italy and his history this castle, paintings and history is worth the visit as it is the "Ducato di Parma e Piacenza" discover. The surroundings are talking about culatello and parmigiano cheese and you dont have to mix it with the fresques' master, Parmigianino. Good time but, please, try to speak some foreign language...I'm not sure that each guest is an Italian speaking person...
Written October 14, 2019
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Liza F
London, UK470 contributions
Beautiful Fontanellato castle
Aug 2019 • Friends
Friends had recommended visiting hear years ago and I finally I got to see it. Such an unusual castle compared to others in the region. Lovely little town.
Written September 2, 2019
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Rachelle W
23 contributions
Beautiful moat!!
Apr 2019 • Friends
My husband was fascinated by the prisms in the tower- that showed the street. The frescoes were interesting- along with the history of the plague, cleaning the walls with calce viva and repainting them. One room had been sealed at the time of the plague and opened a few hundred years later. The original fresco was preserved. We wanted to go back to this room for a minute to look at the expression of the girl holding the "dead" baby- (who absolutely did not look DEAD, my friend and I are nurse-midwives- we've seen dead babies. The "dead" baby had good tone...). The guide refused to let us look again, We were the only tourists at the time.... The guide seemed to speak English, one of the 3 of us was not Italian speaking-but the guide couldn't be bothered. Lazy.....
Written April 5, 2019
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a_pettersson
Paris, France49 contributions
Room for improvement... especially for non Italians
Oct 2018 • Family
The rooms have been carefully renovated and the Parmegiano's room is worth the visit.

This being said, the guided tour takes long time to start and to proceed, and the guide does not know any foreign language.

To kill time you have some notes to read, but the rooms are not listed in the same order as the guided tour, which is quite confusing.

The entrance ticket is not cheap, at 8€, so the municipality should strongly consider taking an intern in history or art or tourism to make the visitor's experience more exciting.

There the possibility to stop the visit after the ground floor and garden before going to the first floor. On our tour, everyone who was not Italian took this opportunity.

In a nutshell, it's nice if you have time and no kids nor teenagers with you.
Written October 22, 2018
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PF P
Torino987 contributions
Beatiful medieval castle close to Parma
May 2018 • Friends
Beatiful building well preserved. Important for the story of the family rather than for the "great history . No wars or sieges are recorded involving it. To be seen the beautiful masterpiece of the young Parmigianino with the frescoes of Diana and Atteone
Written May 14, 2018
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Cal_Travel_Lover
San Francisco, CA195 contributions
Well worth a visit to this charming castle with a moat
May 2018 • Couples
The castle is situated in the middle of a mostly closed, middle ages pedestrian village. Well preserved and held privately through the centuries until donated to the state in 1948. We took the short tour which allowed us to see the 14thc murals and the camera oscura. Lovely restored and in one case original murals previously hidden behind plaster and therefore preserved. Pleasant morning in Fontanellato.
Written May 6, 2018
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Gianluca Marcellino
Milan, Italy673 contributions
Much more interesting than expected - fascinating glimpse into the transition from Middle Ages to modern Italy
Mar 2018 • Friends
A nice, well restored castle. Small but with an interesting collection of artifacts as befits to the seat of a multi-century family, rich but in a secondary location compared to local and European capital cities.

You can only visit this with a guide, so do check visit times. The guide we met was very well prepared, with a skillfully written and well rehearsed script that mixed valuable information with a modicum of gossip and very little to stir up visitors' gleeful voyeurism. Barely a morbid comment about diseases or shameful sexual practices, I hope you won't mind.

This is surely smaller than mansions of higher and more powerful noble families, still the fact that it was held by a single family for many centuries and that the last heir to the fortune could sell it to the local administration while still in full control of his mind and some fortune makes this a nice snapshot of what a noble family could accumulate in centuries. Worth a short waylay from Parma.
Written March 4, 2018
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545medva
Budapest, Hungary3,972 contributions
Just a short bus ride from Parma
Oct 2017 • Couples
If you have got time, you must visit this small lovely village and the castle. It has a lot to offer - paintings, armoury, china - everthiny original from the 16. century on.
Written October 23, 2017
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Steven M
Rome, Italy2,144 contributions
Antic market on the market place
Feb 2017 • Family
A beautiful small city where every 3rd week of the months is an antic furinure market.
Approx 170 places are rented around the castle where you can find diff type of old antic items.
Parking is free 2-3 streets away from the center. You can visit the castle too on Saturday's. Is worths to go and make a trip here.
Written February 19, 2017
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