Rocca Sanvitale di Fontanellato, Fontanellato

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Begun in the 13th century and mostly completed by the 15th, Rocca Sanvitale di Fontanellato was home of the descendants of the Count of Sanvitale until the 1930s. Now a museum, it also houses an optical chamber that uses mirrors and prisms to project a view of the town onto a wall. Traverse the moat to enter the fortress, which is furnished with furniture and paintings that span the 16th to 18th centuries. The castle-like building also houses a great masterpiece of the Italian Mannerist artist Parmigianino, a room painted with a depiction of the myth of Diana and Actaeon. Put Rocca Sanvitale di Fontanellato into our Fontanellato trip planner and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • Rocca very well preserved, definitely suggestive. Exceptional glance, there is a freely visitable part, a part used as municipal offices, a part that can be visited at specific times. Too bad it's not open with continuous hours, I switched to Fontanellato around lunchtime and i couldn't get in.
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  • Rocca held excellently,with original furnishings,the guided tour is exhaustive,mandatory and costs 8 euros,it lasts just over an hour.
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  • Interesting castle with a full and water-filled moat. Not a lot to see internally but look for the forged steel bell pull on the first floor. It is modern but very cleverly done. The surrounding shops etc are worth exploring, nice ice cream and a couple of cafés.
  • Do the guided tour. Great friendly staff. Ask for an English paper summary.
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