Rocca Sanvitale of Fontanellato

Fontanellato - Via G. Sanvitale, 1

Rocca Sanvitale of Fontanellato


Entry price: € 3.00
Admission by ticket only. Guided tours. Reservations required for groups.


Always open


Telephone: +39 0521 829055
FAX: +39 0521 824042


Surrounded by a water filled moat, the massive Rocca dominates the ancient village of Fontanellato, deriving its name from the abundance of underground water which used to spout from the ground of nearby marshlands. The present building dates back to the beginning of 17th century, when the Parmesan architect Smeraldo Smeraldi transformed the original square structure of the 15th century.


A small bridge connects the keep by the entrance to the square courtyard with an arcade and an open gallery. In the rooms, are noteworthy pieces of furniture of 16th, 17th and 18th century, armours, chinas, paintings by Schedoni, Boselli, Nuvoloni, Baldrighi. A small room frescoed by young Parmigianino for Paola Gonzaga and Galeazzo Sanvitale is the real masterpiece inside the castle: it depicts Acteon's metamorphosis, when he is turned into a deer after spying Diana and her maids during a bath. Parmigianino, clearly influenced by Correggio's room in the convent of St. Paul in Parma, anticipates Mannerism. The room is rich of esoteric allusions and of stylistic innovations, making it one of the most interesting works of Italian Renaissance.

Multivision in the Rocca, history and imagery of the castle
It's a multivision journey by pre-booking for primary and secondary schools visiting the castle. Created especially for kids and teen-agers, it is located in an unusual space with soft lights from the 15th century wooden ceiling. The 15 minutes video gives visitors a chance to uncover the meanings and charms of the Sanvitale castle and its surroundings, showing its cultural background and hidden symbologies.

On the third Sunday of each month a huge antiques market, one of the biggest in Italy, takes place in the streets and squares around the castle.


Source: local Staff Parma


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