Parmesan Castles


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Private guide service
Private transport
On request tastings of typical products and/or lunch

mini bus tours

Rocca Sanvitale

Rocca Meli Lupi

Castello di Torrechiara

This one is a route I really like a lot, because it goes from the lowlands to the hills. Therefore it offers the visitors the opportunity of appreciating several different aspects of the local culture, landscape and food.

I propose you a full day route, that touches three of the many parmesan castles, very different from each other.

We start in the morning with the visit of the Rocca Sanvitale in Fontanellato. This castle is still today surrounded by its ditch fed by a natural spring, and by the picturesque village, that on Sunday is very frequently animated by markets of various kinds. Inside the castle you will see several rooms where a part of the original furniture as well as several frescos are preserved. The real gem here, though, is the so called “stufetta”, a small room that has been superbly painted with frescos representing the Tale of Diana and Actaeon by a very young Parmigianino.

To follow we will go to Soragna, to see the Rocca Meli Lupi. This castle still belongs to the Meli Lupi, the family that built it in the 14th and 15th Century. Inside you will be able to see the original furniture, frescos and plaster decorations from different periods and in different styles. This is the only castle around Parma where you can still today see the throne but between the rooms to remember I also want to mention the beautiful room projected by the brothers Galli Bibiena that has very rich plaster decorations representing soldiers, weapons, helms and several other war symbols. Adjacent to this hall there is the poets’ gallery, a beautiful long corridor that has an excellent acoustics.

Traditional lunch at a Trattoria.

In the afternoon we will visit another wonderful but above all romantic castle: Torrechiara.
This building is extremely well preserved, above all for its architecture. Count Pier Maria Rossi, a really powerful and educated man, commissioned it. He wanted Torrechiara to be both a war machine, and the symbol of his love for his mistress, Bianca Pellegrini. That’s why inside this castle there is one of the most beautiful frescoed rooms of the 15th Century in Emilia: the Golden Room. Apart from the frescos in this room also the terracotta tiles on the walls are preserved. They are not gilded any more, but they are decorated with mottos, foliate racemes and heraldic symbols. Torrechiara has no furniture, but the frescoes that decorate a large number of the rooms make it a real gem, one of the best preserved Italian castles.

Return to Parma in the afternoon.



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