Rocca Sanvitale

The Rocca Sanvitale emerges as a mesmerizing moated fortress, entwining centuries of history, art, and timeless elegance. A place where Italian Renaissance grandeur meets intimate family tales, it's a journey through Italy's opulent past. Read more

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Rocca Sanvitale, situated in Fontanellato near Parma, is a striking moated fortress that dates back to the 13th century, although its roots might trace even further back. For centuries, it served as the residence of the Sanvitale family, witnessing the ebb and flow of Italy's turbulent history. What makes this castle unique, beyond its architectural beauty, is its combination of military structure and refined residence. Within its walls, visitors can find exquisite frescoes, including the remarkable "Camera di Diana e Atteone" by Parmigianino, one of the Renaissance's great masters.
Rocca Sanvitale stands as a testament to the enduring allure of Italy's historical and cultural wealth. A visit promises not only a glimpse into a grand past but also an intimate encounter with tales of love, valor, and artistry.

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The most famous sights
What to do in Rocca Sanvitale

Camera di Diana e Atteone (Room of Diana and Actaeon)

Admire the renowned frescoes by Parmigianino, illustrating a tale from Ovid's Metamorphoses in a display of artistic mastery.

Maze of Franco Maria Ricci

Just outside the fortress, this enchanting bamboo labyrinth is one of the world's largest, offering visitors a delightful challenge.

The Drawbridge

Experience the authentic charm of the castle as you cross the preserved drawbridge, entering an era gone by.

Historical Rooms of Sanvitale Family

Walk through ornate rooms that have seen centuries of Sanvitale family life, each telling its own story.

Optical Illusion Room

An artistic marvel that plays tricks on the eyes, this room showcases the innovative spirit of Renaissance artists.

The Moat

Surrounding the entire fortress, the moat adds to the castle's fairy-tale allure and defensive might.

Guided Tours

Engage with local experts as they unveil the hidden secrets, legends, and rich history of the Rocca Sanvitale.

Sacred Art Museum

Located within the castle's precincts, this museum offers a collection of religious artifacts and artworks, further accentuating the spiritual legacy of the region.

Fontanellato Town

After exploring the castle, wander through the quaint streets of Fontanellato, indulging in local cuisine and absorbing its serene charm.

Periodical Exhibitions

The castle often hosts thematic exhibitions, allowing visitors to delve deeper into various aspects of art, history, and culture.

What else to visit
In and around Rocca Sanvitale

Torrechiara Castle (7.24 km)

Nestled amidst the rolling hills of Parma, Torrechiara Castle is a romantic and formidable fortress, echoing tales of love and chivalry. Its golden stones and intricately frescoed interiors make it a captivating testament to 15th-century Italian artistry.

Parma (11.96 km)

Nestled in Northern Italy, Parma is a symphony of Renaissance art, architectural wonders, and a world-renowned culinary legacy. This city, famous for its cheese and prosciutto, is a delightful fusion of taste and beauty.

Cremona, Violin Museum (48.97 km)

Nestled in the heart of Cremona, the historic cradle of violin-making, the Violin Museum sings a melodious tribute to the world's most celebrated string instrument.

Ferrari Museum (54.35 km)

Dive deep into the legacy of the prancing horse at the Ferrari Museum in Maranello. Experience the passion, innovation, and speed that defines Ferrari, showcasing its iconic cars and illustrious racing heritage.

Modena (55.94 km)

Nestled in Italy's Emilia-Romagna region, Modena is a fusion of ancient charm and modern luxury. Famed for its balsamic vinegar, opera heritage, and fast cars, the city offers a sensory exploration for every visitor.

Rivalta Castle (56.64 km)

Nestled along the banks of the Trebbia river, Rivalta Castle stands as a majestic testament to Italy's rich medieval history. With its soaring towers, fortified walls, and picturesque surroundings, the castle invites travelers into a bygone era of knights

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