With its impressive fortified complex, the Castello di Vigoleno stands out against the backdrop of the Piacenza hills, in the municipality of Vernasca. A perfect example of the majestic beauty of a fortified medieval village, it has reached the present day perfectly intact while retaining the charm of its prestigious past.
Castello di Vigoleno History
There is no cement in the medieval village of Vigoleno. Noble and distant, closed as it is in that narrow wall enclosed by swallow-tailed merlons, it is only accessible by a tower on the north-west, flanked by a keep with leaded loopholes and machicolations, unmistakable signs of the original function military that began in the eleventh century.
The elegance and grace that still characterize this village entirely in stone and bricks are the result of a subsequent transformation into a private residence, occurred in the seventeenth century by the Scotti accounts and then again in the twentieth century thanks to the Duchess Maria di Gramont, who these walls welcomed, just to name a few, the Savoy and Gabriele D'Annunzio.
The Castle of Vigoleno opens its beauties to an elite tourism in search of something unusual and unique. Thanks to the project by Barbara Facchetti, the central building and two watchtowers respectively house double rooms and exclusive suites, furnished with furniture, paintings and antiques. The atmosphere is that of domestic intimacy: guests can freely use the common areas and breakfast service is available until noon, with bread and homemade desserts.
Located on the ground floor, on the main floor and in the former stables of the castle, there are four frescoed rooms suitable for receptions and events - among these, a theater with pictorial decorations of eighteenth-century taste and with only fifteen seats - and the restaurant (reserved for guests) whose specialties are distinctly regional. In the Mediterranean garden, between two guard towers, there is a therapeutic swimming pool.