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Rocca Sanvitale

What to see in Fontanellato, Parma

The Rocca Sanvitale, also known as Fontanellato Castle, is a manor house from the medieval entirely surrounded by a moat full of water of resurgence. The original fortification in defense of the village of "fontana lata" was erected from 1124 to the wishes of the Marquis Oberto Pallavicino the First. In the XIV century the Visconti family took possession of the fortress, that in 1378 Gian Galeazzo Visconti gave in benefit to the Guelphs Sanvitale, as compensation for their loyalty. The castle develops on a square plan around a central courtyard with four angular towers, of which three cylindrical. The main facade, entirely covered in brick as the rest of the structure, is preceded by the seventeenth-century masonry bridge access, which leads to the high central tower. Above the large entrance portal round arched open symmetrically two French doors with balcony in wrought iron. At the top there stands a large clock from the seventeenth century with the quadrant inside and outside. The unique golden lancet, enriched with the depiction of the central sun, is connected to three bells, which mark the passing of time according to a complex scheme; the outer dial indicates the 12 hours with Roman numerals, half hours with lances and quarters of hours with lines. To crown rise along the perimeter of the tower and of the entire castle ghibelline battlements, partly covered with roofs. To the left of the access tower rises in overhang a second tower smaller, which originally functioned as a donjon and entrance to the fortress; the masonry shows still at half the height of the signs of the swallow-tailed merlons blinded and bolzoni closed the drawbridge, which is connected through the central portal round arched with primitive Atrium Entrance, subsequently transformed in the chapel of San Carlo. Inside the castle preserves numerous salt can be visited in the noble floor and on the ground floor, rich of frescoes in the sixteenth century and adorned with valuable furnishings and paintings dating back to the XVII and XVIII century; between all it detaches for importance The Little room of Diana and Actaeon, painted by Parmigianino between 1523 and 1524.

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The Sanctuary of the Blessed Virgin of the Holy Rosary
The Sanctuary of the Blessed Virgin of the Holy Rosary
Already in 1628 it was associated with the Madonna di Fontanellato the first miracle; the subsequent plague of 1630 regarded the village of Fontanellato only marginally, increasing among the faithful the supernatural fame of Our Lady of the Rosary.
Via IV Novembre, 19, Fontanellato (PR)
0.41 Kilometers from Rocca Sanvitale
The Romanesque Pieve di San Giorgio
The Romanesque Pieve di San Giorgio
The Romanesque Pieve di San Giorgio of the village of Vigoleno in Emilia Romagna is the most representative of the Piacentine territory.
Via Libertà, Castello di Vigoleno, Vernasca (PC)
22.63 Kilometers from Rocca Sanvitale
The Oratory of the Madonna delle Grazie
The Oratory of the Madonna delle Grazie
The Oratory of the Madonna delle Grazie is an elegant building from the beginning of the Seventeenth century the village of Vigoleno, in Emilia Romagna.
Via Libertà, Castello di Vigoleno, Vernasca (PC)
22.67 Kilometers from Rocca Sanvitale
Museum of the Donjon
Museum of the Donjon
the Donjon was the extreme defense of the fortress of Vigoleno, in Emilia Romagna.
Via Libertà, Castello di Vigoleno, Vernasca (PC)
22.68 Kilometers from Rocca Sanvitale
Museum of the Orsanti
Museum of the Orsanti
Museum of the Orsanti del borgo of Vigoleno, in Emilia Romagna, collects testimonies of the life of the Orsanti
Via Libertà, Castello di Vigoleno, Vernasca (PC)
22.69 Kilometers from Rocca Sanvitale
G.Cortesi Geological Museum
G.Cortesi Geological Museum
Known internationally, the G.Cortesi Geological Museum of Castell'Arquato collects different collections that allow to follow the evolutionary history of the basin of the Po Valley.
Via Sforza Caolzio, 57, Castell\'Arquato (PC)
24.31 Kilometers from Rocca Sanvitale
Luigi Illica Museum
Luigi Illica Museum
Luigi Illica, born in Castell'Arquato, was one of the exponents of the "Scapigliatura Milanese", as well as one of the main librettists of the epoch after Verdi. He worked for Giacomo Puccini, Alfredo Catalani, Umberto Giordano and Pietro Mascagni.
Scalinata Della Riva, 47, Castell\'Arquato (PC)
24.35 Kilometers from Rocca Sanvitale
Visconti Fortress
Visconti Fortress
Built on the initiative of the city of Piacenza in 1342, the Visconti's Fortress of Castell'Arquato was reinforced and completed by Luchino Visconti in 1347.
Piazza Municipio, Castell\'Arquato (PC)
24.36 Kilometers from Rocca Sanvitale
The collegiate church of Santa Maria Assunta
The collegiate church of Santa Maria Assunta
The current Collegiate Church of Santa Maria Assunta of Castell'Arquato was finished in 1122.
Piazza don Enrico Cagnoni, Castell\'Arquato (PC)
24.39 Kilometers from Rocca Sanvitale

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