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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  • In the center of the small village of Fontanellato, the castle stands in the middle surrounded by a moat full of water.
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  • Very nice. Small and with moat around. Certainly nothing that since in ten minutes you see it and there is little else.
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  • Fontanellato is a small village, with beautiful ancient arcades that allow a nice walk. There are many food outlets, for all pockets, with typical products. In the center of the village is the Rocca Sanvitale which is part of the "Castelli del Ducato": a small castle, a jewel of the time. There are many restored rooms that can be visited. Don't miss: the room of "Diana and Atteone" frescoed by the "Parmigianino", the "Camera Obscura" and the tour on the walls. We loved to breathe the "lazy" atmosphere despite that day there was a fair with stalls and attractions all around the castle. We're back home recharged
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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.
  • Lovely square. Interesting place to visit.
  • Pretty square around the castle, lovely little cafes
  • I went there for a wedding and it was a lovely place to go and take pictures for the wedding. Also there are coffee shops around where you can chill.
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