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Rocca Sanvitale

Separated from the common folk by a moat and thick walls, the Sanvitale family’s noble residence is famous for its Parmigianino frescoes.

Rocca SanvitaleThe Big Cheese

Starting as a humble guard tower in the 12th century, it was expanded and refined by the Sanvitale family over the centuries, finally transforming into a noble residence in the 17th century. Access to the keep is granted via a small bridge, opening into an arcaded courtyard. A tour grants visitors access to the stately interior, filled with 16th, 17th and 18th century furnishings, antique armour and china, and paintings by Schedoni, Boselli, Nuvoloni, Baldrighi. The crown jewel is small room frescoed by Parmigianino, depicting Acteon's metamorphosis. There’s also an optical chamber, which uses a system of mirrors to project a view of the town onto a wall. An advanced booking is required for English language tours.

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