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Fontanellato and Soragna, Strongholds in the Lowlands

From the fertile plain to the green hills, the businesses and the loves of some of the most illustrious and noble Italian dynasties, among which bourbon, Farnese, Landi, Pallavicino, Sforza, Lupi, Visconti, Malaspina, Rossi, Sanvitale until Maria Luigia and Napoleon.

Fontanellato and Soragna Stongholds are part of the Association Castles of the Duchy of Parma and Piacenza.

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The first stage of the itinerary leads us to the Rocca Meli Lupi of Soragna, the splendid and sumptuous residence of the Princes Meli Lupi that still inhabit it today. Beautiful rooms embellished with furniture and furnishings from the early Baroque period, the Rocca conserves fresco decorations and pictorial cycles by Nicola Dell'Abate, Cesare Baglione, Ferdinando and Francesco Galli Bibiena.

We continue to the Rocca Sanvitale in Fontanellato, which rises in the center of the village surrounded by a large ditch full of water: among its rooms encloses one of the masterpieces of Mannerism, the room painted by Parmigianino in 1524 with the myth of Diana and Actaeon. The noble apartment of Sanvitale is still intact and the only optical Camera operating in Italy, inside which a system of mirrors reflects the image of the square in front of a screen.

  1. The history of the great families of the Duchy of Parma and Piacenza
  2. The views of the lower Parmense
  3. Excursion with escort and tran sport


  1. Parma
  2. Soragna
  3. Fontanellato