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Castle of Montechiarugolo

Piazza Mazzini - 1 - Montechiarugolo - PR - 43022
Phone: +39 0521686643 - 3383187911 Fax: +39 0521238087

from March to May on Saturday from 3pm to 6pm*, festivities from 10am to 12pm* and from 3pm to 6pm*
June: festivities from 10am to 12pm* and from 3pm to 6pm*
July: on Friday night visits from 9pm to 11.30*; festivities from 10am to 12pm* and from 3pm to 6pm*
from August to November on festivities from 10am to 12pm* and from 3pm to 6pm* (* departure of the last tour).
On reservation for groups on other days.


full price euros 6,00; schools and kids from 6 to 13 years old euros 4,00; groups minimum 15 people euros 5,00.


Probably built in 13th century, this fine example of fortress and mansion rising on a rock above the Enza river still retains a few openings and high walls with jutting escarpment. It was first conquered by the Sanvitale family, then by the Visconti, the Terzi, the Torelli and lastly by the Farnese. It was Pomponio Torelli, an important humanist, that in 1406 undertook the reconstruction of the fort, enriching it and giving hospitality to painters, musicians and men of letters.

From the courtyard, reached via a bridge over the moat, a doorway leads to a huge vaulted hall, decorated with frescoes, heraldic emblems and grotesques attributed to Cesare Baglione. Also in the Sala degli Elementi vaults are spangled with putti scattering flowers, attributed to a local 17th century painter. The bedroom is decorated with allegories of human endeavour and representations of the stages of day in the lunettes, dating back to the end 16th century. The fort also contains a collection of archaeological finds unearthed in the Parma district. From a beautiful loggia visitors can enjoy a magnificent view of the Enza valley and the castles of the Canossa family.

The castle has been set for some scenes of the third season of the tv serie I Borgia.

How to get there:

the castle is located 17 Kms south-east of Parma. From Parma by car, follow SS 513 towards Traversetolo and then the signs on the left to Monticelli - Montechiarugolo. Bus n° 11 from Parma railway station.

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