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Rocca di Vignola

Closed Now: 09:00 - 11:30, 15:30 - 18:30
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Lots of steep stairs!

A very large fortress, mostly under cover. Free entry. Beautiful as the light fades. Some dark... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Gabrielle S
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The Spiral Staircase

This Sunday, before lunch, we were going through Vignola and decided to stop and visit Rocca di... read more

Reviewed 5 August 2018
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On a sandstone spur, this fortress stands over the Panaro valley. Documented back to 1178, it is one of the most interesting examples of fortification architecture in Emilia. In the fourteenth century it belonged to the Este family of Ferrara, but...more
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Reviewed 19 February 2013

This is one of the most remarkable castles I have had the pleasure of visiting. It's a relatively small castle and it hasn't been ruined by touristic structures in the area. The castle is very empty, with very little to see inside. This being said,...More

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Reviewed 10 February 2017 via mobile
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A very large fortress, mostly under cover. Free entry. Beautiful as the light fades. Some dark areas, but also good lighting in many parts. Lots of towers to climb up with views of the surrounding area. Nice walk alongside the river nearby. Easy parking.

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Reviewed 5 August 2018

This Sunday, before lunch, we were going through Vignola and decided to stop and visit Rocca di Vignola. What a treat! We only had 40 minutes (they closed @ 1:00 pm) so we couldn't see everything. The best part, after ticket purchase, we were met...More

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Reviewed 18 July 2018

Simply one of the most stunning castles I have ever seen. A must-visit destination to anybody visiting Modena/Bologna area (just a 60 minute train/bus ride from both). They also organise free tours (in English) and the castle itself is free entry. A real Italian treasure!

1  Thank James F
Reviewed 9 July 2018 via mobile

It is by far an interesting architecture. The frescos in the castle were still beautiful. With a free entry to visit, it is definitely a place worth visiting. Although, lack of maintenance could be visible. Lack of funds seems to be the answer.

Thank Cookada
Reviewed 9 January 2018

We visited Rocca di Vignola in December and it was absolutely beautiful. According to my BF who is from Italy, it is better preserved than most castles. They still have beautiful original frescoes and have put together a very nice audio tour to guide you...More

1  Thank LuziAnne68
Reviewed 1 November 2017

We saw a few photos of Rocca di Vignola and decided to take a look. Photos don't do it justice. The keen thing about this place is the freedom with which you can explore. You wander from room to room and climb winding staircases, gaze...More

Thank Magicwoods
Reviewed 15 October 2017

Castle visits are always popular with (male) visitors, and this one did not disappoint. Find a paid parking lot in town and just walk until you find the entrance. FREE entry, at this time, anyway.

Thank JohnInItaly
Reviewed 11 October 2017

The castle was recommended to us by our B&B hosts, and wow, we were not expecting what we found. Great castle to explore, and free english audio guides available. There has been significant restoration over the years, but it has been done with respect to...More

Thank Tophergirl
Reviewed 30 September 2017

Nice attraction and worth visiting. Great example of a 15th century military fortress with even earlier origins to the 8th century. Lots to explore and plenty of stairs to climb and descend. Wonderful examples of preserved frescoes and great views of the surrounding area. There's...More

Thank physicsgeek
Reviewed 22 July 2017 via mobile

What a treat for young explorers! Lots of stairs to climb up to the towers and down into dungeons! Helpful and kind staff. PS steep stairs, can be a bit difficult for toddlers and elderly people. Nice view over Vignola and surroundings from the towers.

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