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Rocca Sanvitale, Fontanellato
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Begun in the 13th century and mostly completed by the 15th, Rocca Sanvitale 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. Plan to see Rocca Sanvitale and other attractions that appeal to you using our Fontanellato vacation trip planner.
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  • For lovers of the history of our beautiful country, if you're in the area you have to go and visit these beauties of our past, you will be surely pleasantly pleased.
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  • We visited this castle in a gray, cold and foggy Sunday in December. The village and Castle. We conducted a guided tour of this trip lasting 1:00 (cost € 8.00 per person) and i have to compliment to our guide who with simplicity and competence has guided us in the various rooms of the Castle and illustrates the salient things but making Parallels and historical and artistic references well substantiated. Surprising the optical Chamber and beautiful the painting by Parmigianino inspired by the myth of Diana and Actaeon.
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  • one of the many jewels all over Italy as told by a guide prepared, able to contextualize the Sanvitale family history within the history of the great families of the area. Don't miss the frescoes of the young Parmigianino and the optical Chamber.
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  • Nice fortified building in the middle of the square. Inside, there's three only camera obscura in Italy, a hole in the wall in a room will project the square image upside down on the opposite wall
  • Bellissimo castello con fossato
  • Posto bellissimo
  • Is one of 24 castles of the Duchy of Parma and Piacenza. Better make the visit "long": you visit several rooms that are well preserved and worthy to be seen. The room of Diana and Actaeon with frescoes by Parmigianino. Worth a diversion.
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  • One of the most beautiful castles of the province of Parma and the moat still filled with water I would say that maybe it's a Pearl in Italy, it's worth to take a guided tour inside (the darkroom is awesome) ... also always makes the backdrop in the year for a lot of events.
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