Medieval Castle, open to visits, organezza dinners in costume, historical re-enactments, games and performances for children ("First emotional park in Italy"). For the older ones, the "Medieval Tavern" with its banquets.
Castello di Gropparello History
The Castle of Gropparello rises in the green Val Vezzeno on a rocky peak of volcanic origin.
Formerly known as "Rocca di Cagnano" it is a characteristic example of a medieval fortification placed to defend the access road to a valley, a real eagle's nest on a precipice to dominate the Vezzeno torrent, making the manor virtually unassailable.
Built on the remains of a Roman castrum of the II century BC, it has its first historical documentation in the year 810, in the act with which the emperor Charlemagne grants the fief to the bishop of Piacenza Giuliano II.
During the Middle Ages it was a place of fierce clashes between Guelphs and Ghibellines: in this period the castle is the only Guelph stronghold of the Piacenza area and comes on several occasions and with mixed fortunes attacked by the Ghibelline forces.
It passes into the hands of several famous families such as the Borri, the Fulgosio, the Anguissola until in 1599 Ranuccio Farnese became its owner, creating with the occasion the hereditary title of "count of Gropparello" giving it to the Anguissola family, who will keep possession until the beginning of the nineteenth century.
During the 1900s the castle changed many owners again until 1974, when the current owners made it their residence, but also promoted numerous initiatives to allow all those who love art and history to enjoy this important building.
The central courtyard is one of the most evocative places of the entire structure, with its irregular shape adapted to the construction needs far from the traditional traditional plant. From the terrace above the keep the gaze can range over the magnificent surrounding landscape, up to the Venetian pre-Alps.
The interiors retain furnishings and decorations dating back to the sixteenth century and there are monumental chimneys, stuccos and ceilings in the rococo style of the eighteenth century.
At Castello di Gropparello it is possible to organize meetings, congresses, exhibitions and various receptions, both in traditional style and with an animation in costume, combining art with history and making a unique event. The banquets can be organized both in the interiors and in the courtyards or on the terrace of the Castle, in the medieval Tavern or in the Loggia dei Leoni with its large glass wall.
Outside the manor is the Museum of the Rising Rose, where a path leads the visitor through the wonders of a garden that contrasts over 800 roses of 90 varieties, winding between the avenues leading to the majestic walls.