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Rocca Sanvitale di Fontanellato

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Address: Piazza Giacomo Matteotti 1, 43012 Fontanellato, Italy
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+39 0521 829055

The Sanvitale Fortress of Fontanellato rises, enchanting and suggestive, at...

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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Antic market on the market place

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
Steven M
Milan, Italy
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Milan, Italy
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

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.

Thank Steven M
San Jose, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016

It is a beautiful castle with a moat with water. It is run by the local government. If you don't speak Italian, it is very difficult to follow along with the printout provided. As the tour guide does not tell you which room you are in at the time. So you make a guess. Not always correct. They also break... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2016 via mobile

Beautiful ! Lovely little village, fairy tale style, lovely castle, good guide, lovely lunch after! Highly recommended!

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Milan, Italy
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 June 2016 via mobile

One of the most well preserved "castle" in the area. To be visited with a guided tour and the guide was very professional and passionate. Definitely worth to get there for a visit.

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Hingham, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 April 2016

It doesn't take long to view the castle and soak in the ambiance of the setting, but it is a worthwhile side trip from Parma if you have a car. Don't miss the Labirinto della Masone just south of the village for an interesting, high quality, eclectric art collection, it's bamboo Roman-style labyrinth, and definitely the onsite caffe or restaurant.

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Bologna, Italy
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 March 2016 via mobile

We were really impressed by this small sleepy town with a wonderful castle in The middle Of it. Pity it was closed but The outside was worth anyway!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2016

A piece of history perfectly mantained and somewhat unexpected in such a small town. Definitely worth a stop in Fontanellato.

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Bath England
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2016

Having waited for the ticket office to open after lunch we were asked to choose (in English) whether we wanted the full tour or just the frescos. We opted for the full tour. We were the only English visitors in a group of about 10. The tour guide announced in perfect English that the tour would be in in Italian... More 

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Utrecht, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 March 2015

Went to Fontanellato on a busy Sunday afternoon. You can only visit the Rocca through a guided tour (which, I suspect, is only available in Italian). Guide was average, but the history of this building is interesting enough to keep you thrilled. We opted for the complete visit, which lasts approximately 1 hour and costs just a few euros more... More 

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Burnley, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 January 2015

We had to make a detour to visit this castle in the centre of Fontanellato, but we are certainly glad we did. It's got a lot of character for a small castle, my daughter loved exploring and throwing snow balls into the castle moat! There is a guided tour at 11:00am Tuesday to Friday. The surrounding town is very quaint... More 

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