Rocchetta Mattei, Grizzana Morandi

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A hidden jewel in the Apennines, Rocchetta Mattei sits on a picturesque hill between Florence and Bologna. Featuring a maze of linked rooms, passages, stairways, courtyards, and towers, the castle is a mix of styles and an architectural marvel like few others. One of the most significant rooms within the castle was inspired by Granada's Alhambra. Be sure to start at the website for all relevant information about visiting this attraction. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Rocchetta Mattei and many more Grizzana Morandi attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Grizzana Morandi trip planner.
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  • This is an offbeat place with a very idiosyncratic castle, very worth a visit. First of all, the scenery with rolling hills is striking and the castle itself is beautiful, if curious. It’s better... 
    This is an offbeat place with a very idiosyncratic castle, very worth a visit. First of all, the scenery with rolling hills is striking and the castle itself is beautiful, if curious. It’s better...  more »
  • Wonderful place! Straight out of a fairy tale! Very good guides! Amazing views. Great moments! I recommend to everyone! 
    Wonderful place! Straight out of a fairy tale! Very good guides! Amazing views. Great moments! I recommend to everyone!  more »
  • What a strange place Cesare Mattei built! It's a really bizarre palace combining myriad architectural styles and featuring symbolism from all sorts of religions and legends and myths. Mattei was a... 
    What a strange place Cesare Mattei built! It's a really bizarre palace combining myriad architectural styles and featuring symbolism from all sorts of religions and legends and myths. Mattei was a...  more »
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  • Such a beautiful castle, it seems like one you would find in a fairy tale. We bought the tickets online, you need the Green Pass to enter. We booked our slot for midday, our guide was very good and she explained the interesting history of the Rocchetta and its owner. The tour lasts an hour. The price of the ticket is very reasonable. Not very far from here there is a quaint medieval village to visit, it is called La Scola.
  • Jul 2022. Weird and interesting esoteric castle from the 19th century. Easy to reach by car, and parking for free at the bottom of the hill on which the castle is located. We were with a group of 8 people including 2 children. Bought tickets online for a specific time, recommend to do this in advance as it was quite busy. It was an extremely hot 40c day. We were ahead of time and the staff brought us quickly to a large, cool, waiting room with free water and toilet facilities, very much appreciated. The tour itself is about 1 hour, and was very professional. Such a weird castle requires a lot of explanation, and the guide was excellent. She also managed to capture the two children with her stories. Definitely worth your time if you are in the neighborhood.
  • Nice surprise in the country side faraway from the city heat. All of a sudden you travel in time in an eccentric palace when alchemy was practiced. It is a special and charming place, I definitely suggest a visit.
  • An absolute pleasant surprise! We were a group of 6 and both adults and kids enjoyed it. The lady that walked us through was excellent.
  • Found it while browsing places to visit in the area. We arrived there without reservation, but the lady at the ticket shop squeezed us into a tour with only 15min waiting time - thanks for that! The castle itself is very picturesc, with sometimes unbelievable amounts of details to discover. We enjoyed the stay a lot!

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