Rocca di Vignola

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Rocca di Vignola
4.5
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM, 3:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
3:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
3:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
3:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
3:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
3:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
3:30 PM - 6:00 PM
About
On a sandstone spur, this fortress stands over the Panaro valley. Documented back to 1178, it is one of the most interesting examples of fortification architecture in Emilia. In the fourteenth century it belonged to the Este family of Ferrara, but in 1401 they donated it to the Uguccione Contrari family who turned it into a refined mansion. In 1577, the Fortress was handed over to the Boncompagni family. Purchased by the Cassa di Risparmio di Vignola bank in 1965, it was handed over to the Vignola Foundation in 1998. The massive quadrilateral structure spread over five floors, with three corner towers – Nonantola, Donne and Pennello – is encircled by projections for plunging defence, typical of the XV century. In the courtyard, the small fortress stands to the left and open the Contrari and Grassoni halls. Winter opening times. Week days: 9:00/12:00 – 14:30/18:00. 0/12:00 – 15:30/19:00Holidays: 10:30/13:00 – 15:30/19:00. Closed on Mondays. Free admission
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Bill A
Spring Lake, NJ496 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
I have now visited three fortresses named “La Rocca” in Emilia–Romagna and the one in Vignola is by far the best. The most fun part is climbing the maze of stairs up to the three towers. There is no one path through the many rooms in the fortress; so, you’re kind of on your own to figure out how to navigate your way through the fortress. But, what I really appreciated was the signage in each room (in both Italian and English) which provides a clear and concise description of the purpose of each room and of the artwork on the walls / ceilings. This is absolutely the number one attraction in Vignola and a good reason to include the city of Vignola in your itinerary.
Written February 22, 2020
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James G
Vasto, Italy11 contributions
Jun 2012 • Friends
This is one of the most remarkable castles I have had the pleasure of visiting. It's a relatively small castle and it hasn't been ruined by touristic structures in the area. The castle is very empty, with very little to see inside. This being said, however, it was a true honour to explore this castle. We were completely alone in it when we went around and we really felt like we were the first people discovering the castle.

The walk-ways around the higher part of the castle are so unique and special. If you have a car and the time to travel here, it is definitely worth half a days visit. I am so glad I spent the time to visit this beautiful historic structure.
Written February 19, 2013
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WilliamJo
Bologna, Italy127 contributions
Nov 2011 • Couples
On our visit to the charming village of Vignola the main rooms of the castle or “rocca” were not open to the public but we were fortunate to be accompanied by a very knowledgeable guide from a local association who took us on a guided tour of the famous spiral staircase designed by Jacopo Barozzi (1507-1573). This architect, known as "il Vignola", was later to design a number of important churches in Rome, and Palazzo Farnese at Caprarola, 60 km north of Rome. The remarkable thing about this staircase is that it is self-supporting, as it is built with no supporting pillars but all the weight is carried by the outer walls. In 1562 Barozzi published a treatise on architecture, "Regola delli cinque ordini d'architettura", that continued to be used until the eighteenth century. In his home town of Vignola they are so proud of their famous son that years ago the local “pasticceria” created a chocolate and coffee cake in his honour, the Torta Barozzi. The recipe is a well kept secret and the cake can only be bought in very few places in Italy, so after your visit to the castle you might want to buy one in a box to take home.
Description of the castle or “rocca” of Vignola (24 km south-east of Modena)
http://www.fondazionedivignola.it/rocca/doc/Depliant_ROCCA_GB.pdf
More details of the buildings designed by Jacopo Barozzi
http://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacopo_Barozzi_da_Vignola
Written April 19, 2012
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SEG97113
Portland, OR31 contributions
Aug 2018 • Friends
This Sunday, before lunch, we were going through Vignola and decided to stop and visit Rocca di Vignola. What a treat! We only had 40 minutes (they closed @ 1:00 pm) so we couldn't see everything. The best part, after ticket purchase, we were met by a guide (a volunteer). Very well informed, he gave us an overview (I am an American, my friends are Italian and live in the Region). Before he started, my friends asked him to speak a bit slowly as I understood Italian quite well but not if he spoke really fast. He was great - lots of background information. As he was finishing, he led us to the 'crown jewel' .... the Spiral staircase. The Rocco is a replete with beautiful frescoes and rooms with different and unique themes but the Spiral Staircase stands out! Well worth the visit but do plan to stay longer. Unfortunately, visitors are only allowed on the first floor. Disappointed because I'm certain there are many more treasures to see.
Written August 5, 2018
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James F
13 contributions
Jul 2018 • Solo
Simply one of the most stunning castles I have ever seen. A must-visit destination to anybody visiting Modena/Bologna area (just a 60 minute train/bus ride from both). They also organise free tours (in English) and the castle itself is free entry. A real Italian treasure!
Written July 18, 2018
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LuziAnne68
Baton Rouge, LA94 contributions
Dec 2017 • Couples
We visited Rocca di Vignola in December and it was absolutely beautiful. According to my BF who is from Italy, it is better preserved than most castles. They still have beautiful original frescoes and have put together a very nice audio tour to guide you through the artwork and architecture. There are also spectacular views of the surrounding area, especially at sunset.

I would recommend visiting during the warmer times of the year though. Much of the castle isn't heated (or cooled), especially the towers with the great views, and my toes were numb by the time I was finished. Additionally, I wouldn't recommend this for anyone with small children or physically frail or disabled people as some of the stairs are so steep we went down backwards. Plus, the flooring is very uneven at times.
Written January 9, 2018
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setrevika
Stavanger, Norway12 contributions
Jul 2017
What a treat for young explorers! Lots of stairs to climb up to the towers and down into dungeons! Helpful and kind staff. PS steep stairs, can be a bit difficult for toddlers and elderly people. Nice view over Vignola and surroundings from the towers.
Written July 22, 2017
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Margaretha M
22 contributions
Aug 2016
The Rocca di Vignola is an well preserved and restored medieval/renaissance castle in Vignola. You can freely visit the castle and its three towers, climbing up and down stairs and hallways. The most amazing feature, though, are the well preserved frescoes. Usually, preserved frescoes of that period - 15th century - are in churches or convents. Here, they are profane, showing the grandeur of their owners. Not to be missed! Entrance is free!
Written August 22, 2016
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maya_shaag
Rehovot46 contributions
Jul 2015 • Friends
lovely preserved, exciting passages, staircases and terraces. free entrance. just remember the Italian timetable (close at 12:00)
Written July 24, 2015
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Evelynliu625
Castelfranco Emilia, Italy70 contributions
Jul 2015 • Couples
Came here in a weekday afternoon. Only saw a small group of people in the castle and a photo team shooting the scene. The castle is well preserved, you can see the real painting, sculpture with detail explained on the site. Maybe not a fancy castle worth to travel all the way to visit, but definitely a good place to spend a few hours walking around if you are already nearby.
Written July 19, 2015
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