Among the most evocative and exciting experiences that can be done at the Castle of Gropparello is certainly that of sleeping in the "Torre del Barbagianni", the watchtower suspended between a drawbridge and a central courtyard. A suite that combines the magic and unique atmosphere of the place with the elegance and refinement of the furnishings and a bathroom carved into the rock with a spectacular hydromassage-Amazon shower with chromotherapy.
Torre del Barbagianni History
Suspended on the drawbridge of the Castle of Gropparello, with the opportunity to embrace the entire landscape with a single glance, the Torre del Barbagianni redeems a past with military contours to embrace the vocation to hospitality. The suite allows glances on the external sides of the manor and on the inner courtyard through the small windows and the entrance door.
It consists of 4 rooms plus a bathroom carved out of the rock: in the first of these, a French-style wardrobe holds a kitchenette, while a nineteenth-century table welcomes guests for breakfast or snacks based on typical products.
The second room is the bedroom with wrought iron canopy and linen curtains, enriched by an 18th century chest and 2 bedside tables. It is from this room that the bathroom door opens, internally painted with figures of seventeenth-century taste that represent girls in the bathroom. The cycle of paintings is completed by some vermilion sketches to decorate the ceiling and the focal center of the bathroom is the window on the wood, which allows you to enjoy the splendid panorama outside the tower.
Breakfast is served in the room or on the control bridge located above the drawbridge, which overlooks the entire central courtyard of the castle. The menu is Mediterranean and the products are fresh and genuine: fresh bread, homemade jam, Coppa Piacentina, fresh cheeses, fruit juices, coffee, tea, milk and fresh fruit.
The experience is dressed in different colors depending on the period chosen and the adventure theme that you want to combine the living room: among them, the Week of watercolor painting among villages, Castles and vineyards, the Honeymoon at the Castle, the journey to discover the night life of the Castle of Gropparello or Enogastronomic Tour of Emilia, many alternatives to make this amazing place even more unforgettable.
The Torre del Barbagianni is not a hotel, but a special and unique Suite inside the castle walls, which is still inhabited by the owners, who welcome guests personally!
The restoration has not distorted the structure, so there are no 'heating or conditioning', but the current of summer air is obtained from the opening of the opposing windows that, of course, are equipped with mosquito nets.
Inside the park you can take walks for both relaxation and training, because there are paths and trails in the wood of diversified difficulties.
The castle also has a collection of musical instruments that can also be played by guests who are able, and that can thus spend musical evenings in a very suggestive environment.
The Castle is normally visited by groups of tourists during the day, and then between 10:00 and 18:00 it is possible to meet guided tours in the garden or in the park.