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Beatiful medieval castle close to Parma

Beatiful building well preserved. Important for the story of the family rather than for the "great... read more

Reviewed 14 May 2018
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Well worth a visit to this charming castle with a moat

The castle is situated in the middle of a mostly closed, middle ages pedestrian village. Well... read more

Reviewed 6 May 2018
San Francisco, California
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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...more
Piazza Giacomo Matteotti 1, 43012, Fontanellato, Italy
+39 0521 829055
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Reviewed 22 October 2018 via mobile

The rooms have been carefully renovated and the Parmegiano's room is worth the visit. This being said, the guided tour takes long time to start and to proceed, and the guide does not know any foreign language. To kill time you have some notes to...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank a_pettersson
Reviewed 14 May 2018 via mobile

Beatiful building well preserved. Important for the story of the family rather than for the "great history . No wars or sieges are recorded involving it. To be seen the beautiful masterpiece of the young Parmigianino with the frescoes of Diana and Atteone

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed 6 May 2018 via mobile

The castle is situated in the middle of a mostly closed, middle ages pedestrian village. Well preserved and held privately through the centuries until donated to the state in 1948. We took the short tour which allowed us to see the 14thc murals and the...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Cal_Travel_Lover
Reviewed 4 March 2018

A nice, well restored castle. Small but with an interesting collection of artifacts as befits to the seat of a multi-century family, rich but in a secondary location compared to local and European capital cities. You can only visit this with a guide, so do...More

Date of experience: March 2018
1  Thank GianlucaMarcellino
Reviewed 23 October 2017

If you have got time, you must visit this small lovely village and the castle. It has a lot to offer - paintings, armoury, china - everthiny original from the 16. century on.

Date of experience: October 2017
1  Thank 545medva
Reviewed 19 February 2017 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...More

Date of experience: February 2017
1  Thank stevenmG6565FF
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...More

Date of experience: July 2016
Thank vdunn007
Reviewed 8 August 2016 via mobile

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

Date of experience: August 2016
2  Thank Melinda M
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.

Date of experience: June 2016
2  Thank apocalypsenow66
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...More

Date of experience: April 2016
Thank Dennis F
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Response from Cal_Travel_Lover | Reviewed this property |
No need for an English speaking tour. There were plenty of signboards in English and it was wonderful to stroll around the palace and grounds, with small cafes to people watch and relax.