Emilia Romagna Castles

Castello di Gropparello

The castle of Gropparello remains perhaps one of the complexes that most retain all the charm of the medieval fortification, thanks to the exceptional landscape in which it is located, and the very special arrangement, which makes it appear almost embedded in the rock, of volcanic origin, on which it is It was built. The irregular structure, which adapts to the morphology of the rock, is enclosed by walls with Guelph battlements, defended by towers, the entrance with a drawbridge and the powerful central keep. Passing a second wall, you reach a suggestive courtyard. The castle park houses the Parco delle Fiabe - 1st Emotive Park of Italy, which evokes the magical medieval atmosphere of knights, fairies, elves and witches. In a park of 20 ha paths follow one another, small hidden gardens, clearings in the woods and from 2008 on one of these hills was created the Museum of Rising Rose based on a project by Rita Gibelli, with 108 varieties of roses for a total of 1350 plants. It is possible to sleep inside the castle in the exclusive Torre del Barbagianni suite: relax in a magical atmosphere suspended between the drawbridge and the courtyard of honor. At the Castle the taste finds its place in the Medieval Tavern where the Chef Alessandro Folli creates seasonal menus of great harmony that are combined with the best DOC wines of the Colli Piacentini and others. There are also historical-themed banquets here during the year. Among the numerous medieval-themed events held in the castle, we highlight the Medieval Market of May, the Wedding at the Court of June, the Grape Festival in September.

The Medieval Tavern is open from Thursday to Sunday for lunch and Saturday evening for dinner. Booking is always recommended

Annual closure from January 12th to March 15th

Castello di Gropparello - Castello di Gropparello - the facade with the drawbridge photo credits: |Rita Trecci Gibelli| - Archivio fotografico del castello