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The imposing Rocca Sanvitale, built in the 14th century, is the symbol of Fontanellato. The ancient village preserves various monuments of interest including the Sanctuary of the Blessed Virgin of the Rosary, the Oratory of the Assumption, the former Sanvitale stables, Villa Gandini and the botanical park.
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Sanvitale fortress  |
Sanvitale fortress
Fontanellato and its markets  |
Fontanellato and its markets
Parmigianino, hall of Diana and Actaeon  |
Parmigianino, hall of Diana and Actaeon
The fountain at the center of the square.   |
The fountain at the center of the square.
the Shrine of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary.  |
the Shrine of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary.
Fontanellato  |
A look at Fontanellato
A look at Fontanellato

About the village

The village of Fontanellato is located in Emilia Romagna. Funtanlè, in parmigiano dialect, was already inhabited during the Bronze Age and then the territory was colonized by the Romans. The toponym Fontanellato derives from the medieval "fontana lata" (source extended), with reference to the fountains, natural springs of plains that are observed even today in the Bassa Parmense. Such sources emerge on the surface carrying the clear waters that create particular climatic conditions and supply different channels including the moat that surrounds the Rocca Sanvitale of Fontanellato.

A massive reclamation happened shortly after the year 1000 by the cistercian monks of the nearby abbey of Fontevivo. The ancient village of Fontanellato preserves various monuments of interest. Of particular value is the Rocca Sanvitale, placed at the center of the main square: it is the symbol of Fontanellato. The imposing fortress was built in the XIV century and in the course of the centuries has been transformed from a defensive fortress at the residence of the noble Auditors Sanvitale, who then inhabited for about six centuries. The jewel of the castle is the "Room of Diana and Actaeon" frescoed by Francesco Mazzola, the Parmigianino, and represents one of the early masterpieces of the artist. Other places of interest are the Sanctuary of the Blessed Virgin of the Rosary, built in 1514, which draws all year numerous pilgrims; the Oratory of the Assunta with the wooden sacristy of 1720 work of Giulio Seletti and decorations by Sebastiano Galeotti; the former stables Sanvitale; Villa Gandini and the Botanical Park.

In Gastronomic theme, Fontanellato is hosting the exhibition-market of typical italian products The Sanvitale Pantry. Furthermore, at Fontanellato, held the Festival Librogustando, which combines the typical products of quality to publishing italian wine and gastronomy. The typicality of this territory are mainly cured meats, culatello and the cooked shoulder, and the tortelli, herbes and pumpkin. Typical dishes are also: bomb of rice with pigeons, rice with parmesan cheese, anolini and cappelletti, tripe parmigiana, duck and guinea fowl roast, Marinated hare, rabbit alla cacciatore, escalopes with parmesan cheese, fruit tarts and zabaglione. Here you also produces a salami particular: Culaccia of Fontanellato. The tourists interested in buying the Parmesan cheese can contact directly to dairies that expose the classic teaches the shape with the written direct sale. Monthly (the third sunday of the month), around the moat of the rocca, held a market of antique and modern.

Village of Fontanellato 
Municipality of Fontanellato
Province of Parma
Emilia-Romagna Region

inhabitants: 7.033 fontanellatesi
Altitude: 45 m a.s.l.

The Municipality is part of:
I Borghi più Belli d’Italia
Città slow
Città d’Arte e Cultura
Paesi bandiera arancione

Strada del culatello di Zibello
 Unione Terre Verdiane

Orange Flag - Italian Touring Club

Piazza Matteotti 1 - Tel. +39 0521 823211

= distances as the crow flies


  • From Milan: Take the A1 highway to the Fidenza / Salsomaggiore Terme exit, then continue towards Fidenza / Fontanellato and take the SS 9 "Via Emilia". Continue on the SP 63 until Fontanellato.
  • From Bologna: From the A1 highway, take the exit for La Spezia and continue on the A15 highway Exit at Parma Ovest and merge onto the SS 9 "Via Emilia", then continue on the SP 11 towards Fontanellato.
  • From Brescia or Genoa: From the A21 highway, follow signs for Bologna, continue on the A1 highway until the Fidenza / Salsomaggiore Terme exit. Continue following the signs for Fidenza / Fontanellato, take the SS 9 "Via Emilia", and then continue on the SP 63 to Fontanellato.
  • From La Spezia: Take the A15 highway and exit at Parma Ovest, take the SS 9 "Via Emilia", then continue on the SP 11 for Fontanellato.
  • From Parma: Take the SS 9 "Via Emilia" and then the SP 11 for Fontanellato.


  • Parma railway station
  • Fidenza railway station


  • Parma airport
  • Milan Linate Airport
  • Bologna airport

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= distances as the crow flies


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