Piacenza (15 km)
Where it is
This village is close to the point where the Nure Valley opens into the plain of the Po, surrounded by fertile countryside and the vineyards on the hillsides of the Colli Piacentini.
The quaint neo-medioaeval village is a traffic-free area that takes the visitor back in time and provides an opportunity to admire the revivalist architecture of the 19th and 20th centuries in Italy.
Where to visit and what to see
All year long the village offers interesting moments to visit, but particularly in late spring and in autumn, when most of the principal celebrations in mediaeval costume are organised.
Grazzano Visconti was built at the wish of Giuseppe Visconti di Modrone around the old castle early in the 20th century, with the idea of creating an unusual artistic centre in mediaeval style.
Strolling along the mediaeval lanes, charming views appear at every corner, frescoed houses or craft shops specialised in wrought iron.
A collection of agricultural machinery from the past has been set up in the old hay barn of the “Corte Vecchia”, once a farmyard and now an integral part of the village. It is free and always open.
The Castle Park
, which covers 15 hectares and includes an Italian garden and an English-style park, is certainly worth visiting, also because of the great variety of botanical species. There are guided tours on Saturday afternoon and Sundays from spring to late autumn.
On the table
Tortelli con la coda, pasta wrapped round ricotta and spinach and twisted at the ends, a shape found only round Piacenza, are served in all the local restaurants and farmhouses, dressed with butter and sage.
The local cuisine boasts cured meats with a protected name – salame, coppa and pancetta piacentina - often served with torta fritta (bread cooked in lard and served hot) washed down by the wines of the Colli piacentini, especially the celebrated Gutturnio Doc.
The village is located along the road Strada dei Vini e dei Sapori dei Colli Piacentini.
The Corteo Storico or Historic Procession takes place on the last Sunday in May. This traditional festival in mediaeval costume transports the visitor into the past, with games and entertainments, to the time of the Historical Parade.
A Magic Day is held on the second Sunday in September, with events specially for children, so that they can relive the adventures of the Middle Ages.
Information and useful advice
The village is completely closed to traffic, so there are two large car parks at the entrances, free on weekdays while there is a charge on Saturdays and Sundays.
Not far from Grazzano Visconti are the first hills clad with vineyards. It does not take long to reach Rivalta (17 km) with its castle in the Trebbia Valley.
Grazzano Visconti is the springboard for visits to the Nure Valley with its unspoilt countryside, places like the waterfalls on the Perino, near Calendasco (36 km), or Lakes Moo, Nero and Bino, all of glacial origin, near Ferriere (45 km) or to visit the small towns of Vigolzone (2 km), Ponte dell’Olio (8 km), Bettola (20 km) and Farini (29 km), on the occasion of festivals or food fairs.
Viale del Castello, 2
29020 Vigolzone (PC)
Tel. ++39 0523-870997
Fax ++39 0523-870997
Opening: Open troughout the year
How to reach
After the Highway exit A1 or and A21 "Piacenza sud", drive on the “tangenziale sud” of Piacenza following the signs Bettola. After 6 km, drive out following the exit signs “Val Nure” and "Grazzano Visconti" to the Provincial Road Val Nure n°654.
Last update: 12/03/2014