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Rocca di Vignola

Piazza Dei Contrari 4, 41058 Vignola, Italy
+39 059 775246
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Free entrance and great for kids

What a treat for young explorers! Lots of stairs to climb up to the towers and down into dungeons... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Stavanger, Norway
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Impressive castle well worth the visit

Not in my guide book, found quite by chance and really enjoyed the visit. Apart from the size, the... read more

Reviewed June 5, 2017
London, United Kingdom
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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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Piazza Dei Contrari 4, 41058 Vignola, Italy
+39 059 775246
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

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.

Thank setrevika
Reviewed June 5, 2017

Not in my guide book, found quite by chance and really enjoyed the visit. Apart from the size, the condition, the restoration and the preserved detail, it was free to enter! The audio guide too was clever, picking up your location wirelessly and giving the...More

Thank Kevin_S_B1066
Reviewed May 29, 2017

Was interesting and was good to see. Drawings in the prison cells were very interesting. Frescos on the walls and ceilings very good, but one had a mistake in it....see if you can spot it!!

Thank Alison L
Reviewed May 23, 2017 via mobile

Rarely does one find such an old castle with such splendid artwork. Walls painted in perfect repetitive patterns which mesmerize. Just knowing it was all done by hand hundreds of years ago makes this place truly worth seeing.

Reviewed April 24, 2017

This is a great castle to visit with kids: easy to access, well-preserved with a few jail cells and walkways up high with views of the town and of the valley. Some frescoes are still visible in the "piano nobile". The moat is dry but...More

Thank Maurizio V
Reviewed March 26, 2017 via mobile

Worth the visit if you happen to be in Vignola. Big and old, takes you back in time.. Choose to have a guided tour if available in order to get more knowledge of the place. When on the terrace you can get a nice view...More

Thank Noura73
Reviewed November 14, 2016

The castello is extensive and the rooms numerous and diverse. The audio was excellent. Good views from the higher levels across the nearby hills and cherry orchards.

Thank palustrian
Reviewed November 14, 2016

impressive views from the different towers, enchanting frescos, one could spend hours and hours in this rocca

Thank MaritaDS
Reviewed October 5, 2016

There are 22 castles in the province of Modena and the castle of Vignola is definitely among the top 5 that you must see. If you spend just a long weekend in Modena, this should be the one that you have to see. Why? 1....More

Thank Erika B
Reviewed September 15, 2016

The castle is impressive from the outside but absolutely amazing inside. The frescoes have been restored carefully and are most interesting, especially if one watches the explanatory videos before looking at them. The decorated rooms are truly amazing as well, and then there are the...More

Thank dalmunzie
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