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“One of the oldest walled cities in Italy”

Castello di Rivalta
Ranked #1 of 5 things to do in Gazzola
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The castle and the medieval village belong to the Zanardy Landi family, a branch of the Landi familily that owns the castle since the 13 th century.The castle is open for guided tours (you can visit the honour room , dining room, copper kitchen , wine cellar, prisons, bedrooms,tower realized by Pietro Antonio Solari, the same architect of the Kremlin of Moscow ), while the guest quarters are used for banquets, events, symposiums, conventions and marriages, (with possible use of the 14th century San Martino church).
Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
Level 5 Contributor
89 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“One of the oldest walled cities in Italy”
Reviewed June 21, 2013

Castello di Rivalta is not just a castle, it is a complete walled village or borgo (Borgo di Rivalta). Dating to the early medieval period, the small village now consists of craft shops, a fantastic salumeria, restaurant and café, a very old church, a museum, resort hotel and, of course, the Castello di Rivalta with its beautiful grounds and intriguing, elegant interior - including dungeon, wine cellar and tower. The province of Piacenza has many such castles and borgos. However, in my opinion this is one of the most enchanting.

Visited June 2013
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Houston, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
“Spectacular place to stay and experience”
Reviewed June 9, 2013

Please trust us. This castello was one of our very favorite experiences, so I'm going to offer you my best advice.
- We found this on a website for historic hotels in Italy, which appears to have morphed into a different name.
- We traveled by train from Milan and took a taxi from Piacenza. Easy. Made no extra stops in Piacenza.
- Our "typical room" was extraordinary. High quality, lovely linens, everything perfect.
- The castello is fantastic and a wonderful extra dimension from visiting other sites in Italy like Venice, Milan, Firenza... One might imagine being a Duc and his family from days gone by.
- The castello has two FANTASTIC museums that we still talk about: the military costumes and the battle museum. We couldn't believe we were seeing artifacts from the last naval battle from human drawn barges.
- There is a very nice restaurant next door, but on the other side there is a charming, local "pizza" place that was great to watch local friends meet and play cards on a rotating basis.
- There is not a town atmosphere, but the remnants of a small village next to a castello.
- Fabulous!
- This was a train-based journey for us. Our next stop was Firenza.

Visited October 2012
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Sofia, Bulgaria
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 209 helpful votes
“Romantic and live”
Reviewed April 11, 2012

It's a romantic place, distant from the autostrada. You can cycle to it and enjoy a hotel and 3-4 restaurants in it.

Visited April 2012
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