Sleeping in Castles, Eating in Castles in the Provinces of Parma and Piacenza

sleeping in castles CASE RIGLIO – FARM HOLIDAY ESTABLISHMENT
Case Riglio

Accommodation in ancient walls AGRITURISMO The establishment provides accommodation and a restaurant in an elegant sixteenth-century villa which has recently undergone careful restoration, resulting in a welcoming place framed by charming surroundings. In an isolated position and surrounded by a large garden, the villa is immersed in the tranquillity of the countryside, enhanced by the harmony of an agricultural landscape that has become rare in the Po Valley, dominated by great distances, interrupted only by the copses that run alongside brooks and springs. The charming rooms, elegantly furnished, full of light and spacious, immersed in the silence of the countryside, offer the traveller a warm, restful welcome. The establishment is also ideal for parties, receptions, meetings and conferences.

Case Riglio intern

OPEN: yearly opening
NUMBER OF ROOMS: 5 doubles, 2 suite
DISTANCE FROM THE CASTLE: 1 Km
CREDIT CARDS: not accepted
ADDRESS: Strada Case Riglio, 8 – 29010 Pontenure (Piacenza)
TELEPHONE: +39.0523.511435 – 335.6095011
FAX: +39.0523.519186
EMAIL: caseriglio@libero.it
WEB SITE: www.caseriglio.it
CLASS OF PRICE: letto letto letto


sleeping in castles Compiano Castle

CASTLE OF COMPIANO****
Accommodation in ancient walls  4 STAR HOTEL  The castle offers guests elegant rooms in a classical style equipped with the most modern conveniences. The park makes this an ideal place for walks and a stay steeped in history and culture.

The multi-purpose spaces of various sizes, the quality and variety of the food and not least the highly-qualified staff make Compiano Castle the best guarantee of successful meetings, exhibitions, wedding receptions, conventions, congresses, workshops and company parties.

Rooms furnished in style, all with TV. Swimming pool, park and private car park. Pets not admitted.

OPEN: yearly opening
NUMBER OF ROOMS: 2 sigles; 12 doubles; 2 junior suites; 2 superior
Compiano Castle intern

DISTANCE FROM THE CASTLE: in the clastle
CREDIT CARDS: Visa, Mastercard
ADDRESS: via M.Rossi Sidoli, 15 – 43053 Compiano (Parma)
TELEPHONE: +39.0525.825541
FAX: +39.0525.811106
EMAIL: info@castellodicompiano.it
WEB SITE: www.castellodicompiano.it
CLASS OF PRICE: letto letto letto


sleeping in castles CASTLE OF VIGOLENO*****
Vigoleno Castle

Accommodation in ancient walls  5 STAR HOTEL  Suspended halfway between the more austere elegance and warmth of the most ancient dwellings of Piacenza, Vigoleno Castle stands on a ridge overlooking the river of the Stirone Nature Park.

The castle contains a series of rooms that are rich in history painted on the walls, on the frescoed ceilings and on the costumes of a little theatre which was the product of a whim of a certain Duchess Maria Ruspali Gramon who between 1920 and 1935 turned it into an incomparable cultural salon, playing host to important figures from the culture and high society of the time.

Upon the wish of its owner it has now become a hospitable residence, its interior structures opening up their beauties to a clientele in search of something which is uncommon and unique for either a brief stay or a restful holiday.

Vigoleno Castle

It is also well-suited to ceremonies, gala events, conferences, conventions and seminars.

OPEN: yearly opening
NUMBER OF ROOMS: 4 doubles; 4 suites in the exclusive watchtowers
DISTANCE FROM THE CASTLE: in the clastle, in the medieval town
ADDRESS: Piazza IV Novembre – fraz. Vigoleno – 29010 Vernasca (Piacenza)
TELEPHONE: +39.0523.895390
FAX: +39.0523.897034
EMAIL: info@castellodivigoleno.it
WEB SITE: www.castellodivigoleno.it
CLASS OF PRICE: letto letto letto


Villaggi Hostel

sleeping in castles HOTEL HOSTEL CONSERVATORIO VILLAGGI
Accommodation in ancient walls HOSTEL

Situated in the artistic city of Castell’Arquato and just off the Via Francigena, the Conservatorio Villaggi (Villaggi Conservatory) is a former convent converted into a hostel which still maintains today all of the sober elegance of another time, with its frescoed rooms and enchanting garden, cooled by a precious natural spring. Guests can sleep in comfortable rooms with two, four or six beds and private bathrooms and have the chance to try excellent local cuisine.

The rooms, some of them with frescoes, offer the opportunity to hold conferences, meetings and training courses for selected groups.

Villaggi Hostel

The vast English-style garden is a convivial place that is ideal for enjoying the climate of the hills of Piacenza. The hostel, which has a TV room and telephone, also offers the convenience of a private car park. Staff speaks English, French and German.

OPEN: from April to late September
NUMBER OF ROOMS: 1 single, 5 doubles, 2 triples, 2 quadruples
DISTANCE FROM THE CASTLE: 1 Km (in the medieval town)
CREDIT CARDS: not accepted
ADDRESS: Via Villaggi, 27 – 29014 Castell’Arquato (Piacenza)
TELEPHONE: +39.0523.805245
FAX: +39.0523.805244
WEB SITE: www.conservatoriovillaggi.it
CLASS OF PRICE: letto letto letto


HOTEL LOCANDA DEL LUPO ****
Accommodation in ancient walls 4 STARS HOTEL

Locanda del Lupo

Built in the XVIII century by the Princes Meli Lupi, the lords of these lands, this lodging-house has been restored with great care, not only externally but also internally, maintaining its original atmosphere intact. Antique furniture and paintings from the Italian School of the XVII century adorn the reception, the lobby and the restaurant, while the brick floor still preserves its function of radiating heat from the kitchen to the surrounding rooms.

And it is from the kitchen that a wonderful medley of aromas and flavors rises up: from international dishes to the many specialties of Parma’s cuisine.

The lodging-house can also host meetings and congresses in its five rooms, which have all the equipment required for conducting business perfectly.
Pets are admitted.

Locanda del Lupo

OPEN: yearly opening
NUMBER OF ROOMS: 26 doubles; 19 singles,1 suite
DISTANCE FROM THE CASTLE: 500 metri from the Meli Lupi castle of Soragna
CREDIT CARDS: all
ADDRESS: Via Garibaldi, 64 – 43019 Soragna (Parma)
TELEPHONE: +39.0524.597100
FAX: +39.0524.597066
EMAIL: info@locandadellupo.com
WEB SITE: www.locandadellupo.com
CLASS OF PRICE: letto letto letto


sleeping in castles HOTEL PALAZZO DELLA COMMENDA ****
Accommodation in ancient walls 4 STAR HOTEL In the green countryside between Fiorenzuola d’Arda and Alseno, a short distance from the course of the Via Emilia Roman road, and then the medieval Via Francigena which leads to Rome, one finds the Cistercian Abbey of Chiaravalle della Colomba. Founded in 1136 by San Bernardo di Clairvaux, it got its name – legend has it – to a dove which marked out its perimeter with small pieces of wood laid out on the ground. Opposite the basilica stands the Palazzo della Commenda: once the fourteenth-century abode of the commendatory abbot, it is now an elegant hotel. Restored in 2000, using traditional materials and preserving its ancient wooden beams, the building has been converted into a hotel, restaurant and congress centre. It has fifteen rooms with air conditioning, mini-bar and satellite TV. The old rustic courtyard in the centre of the complex has become a pleasant little space for meeting up. The establishment is run by the Villazzi family, with four generations of experience in the field, who in the restaurant serve up traditional dishes combined with the excellent wines of the area.

OPEN: yearly opening
NUMBER OF ROOMS: 28 doubles
DISTANCE FROM THE CASTLE: km 15 from the town of Vigoleno
CREDIT CARDS: all
ADDRESS: Loc. Chiaravalle della Colomba – 29010 Alseno (Piacenza)
TELEPHONE: +39.0523.940003
FAX: +39.0523.940109
EMAIL: prenotazioni@hotelleruote.it massimliano@palazzodellacommenda.it
WEB SITE: www.palazzodellacommenda.it
CLASS OF PRICE: letto letto letto


sleeping in castles HOTEL RESIDENCE TORRE DI SAN MARTINO
Torre San Martino

Accommodation in ancient walls Set in the medieval village of Rivalta within the evocative walls of the castle dominated by the elegant cylindrical tower, it is a charming hotel with an exclusive atmosphere. Here all the rooms are a page of history, embellished by antique furniture and sumptuous four-poster beds, each one however enhanced by more modern creature comforts including a whirlpool bath. Fairy-tale accommodation surrounded by the beautiful hills of Piacenza, it is the ideal place to pass enchanted days in the pursuit of dreams and poetic inspiration.

OPEN: yearly opening
NUMBER OF ROOMS: 14 doubles
DISTANCE FROM THE CASTLE: 100 mt (in the town)
CREDIT CARDS: all
ADDRESS: Borgo di Rivalta – 29010 Gazzola (Piacenza)
TELEPHONE: +39.0523.972002
FAX: +39.0523.972030
EMAIL: info@torredisanmartino.it
WEB SITE: www.torredisanmartino.it
CLASS OF PRICE: letto letto letto


sleeping in castles PALAZZO DALLA ROSA PRATI
Palazzo Dalla Rosa Prati

Accommodation in ancient walls Seven exclusive suite in the historical Palazzo Dalla Rosa Prati, just a short walk from the most important monuments and museums of the city. This is where, in the Middle Ages, the de Adam family lived and produced the great chronicler Fra’ Salimbene and later on the Marquises Prati, who became related by marriage in the XVIII century to the Dalla Rosa family, consisting of influential jurisconsults and patrons of arts. It is, in fact, to Scipione Dalla Rosa, brother-in-law of the abbess Giovanna Piacenza and administrator of the Monastery of San Paolo, that we owe the arrival in Parma of the artist known as “il Correggio”. The current features of the building date back to the second half of the XVIII century. The wrought-iron balcony which overlooks the square is an expression of the finest art of the time, as are the suspended arches in the courtyard. The owner’s house on the first floor, the current residence of the Marquises Dalla Rosa Prati, has a frescoed salon with views and paintings attributed to Domenico Muzzi. Available for day visits, of various sizes, with kitchenette, air conditioning and satellite TV, some of the apartments can be connected, allowing them to be used as suites. The palace is also home to a beauty farm offering massages and sunbeds, an excellent restaurant and a terrace on the top floor from which to admire a unique view of the Cathedral and the Baptistery.

OPEN: yearly opening
NUMBER OF ROOMS: 7 suite
DISTANCE FROM THE CASTLE: in the historical centre of Parma
CREDIT CARDS: all
ADDRESS: strada al Duomo, 7 – 43100 Parma (Parma)
TELEPHONE: +39.0521.386429 – 335.5622089
FAX: +39.0521.502204
EMAIL: info@palazzodallarosaprati.it
WEB SITE: www.palazzodallarosaprati.it
CLASS OF PRICE: letto letto letto


RELAIS FONTEVIVO***
Fontevivo Abbey

Accommodation in ancient walls 3 STARS HOTEL The ancient Abbey of Fontevivo, founded by the Monastery of Chiaravalle della Colomba in 1142 under the protection of the Pallavicino family, has today regained its former splendor, offered in the form of a charming hotel.
An agreeable marriage of history and technology makes the “Relais” hotel of Fontevivo the perfect place for important and prestigious meetings such as gala dinners, company meetings, conventions and seminars. The complex is made up of 17 rooms, six double and 11 single, each one with private bathroom and TV, furnished in a sober and essential style, yet without sacrificing comfort. The meeting room can seat 80 people. The “Relais” also includes a dining room, called “I Dodici Monaci” (“The Twelve Monks”), where banquets for up to 180 diners can be arranged, and which is open (bookings only) every day except Wednesdays.
Small pets are admitted.

Relais of Fontevivo

 

OPEN: yearly opening
NUMBER OF ROOMS: 6 doubles, 11 singles
DISTANCE FROM THE CASTLE: accommodation facilities situated inside the abbey.
CREDIT CARDS: all
ADDRESS: Via Roma, 1/A – 43010 Fontevivo (Parma)
TELEPHONE: +39.0521.610010 – +39.0521.611007
FAX: +39.0521.610736
EMAIL: info@12monaci.it
WEB SITE: www.12monaci.it
CLASS OF PRICE: letto letto letto


Rocca d'Olgisio

sleeping in castlesROCCA D’OLGISIO
Accommodation in ancient walls B&B Set in the rock, overlooking the valleys of the Tidone and Chiarone streams, the Castrum Olzisij is one of the oldest and most suggestive fortresses of the Piacenza area, enclosed by no less than six concentric walls. Established around 1000 AD, it belonged to the monks of San Savino. In 1378, after changing hands several times, it was handed over by Gian Galeazzo Visconti to the captain Jacopo Dal Verme, victor in the battle of Alessandria against Florence. The history of this fortress tells of sieges and conflicts, yet the Dal Verme family steadfastly retained possession of it for nearly four centuries. Its present owners have overseen its extensive and careful restoration.

OPEN: from april to october
NUMBER OF ROOMS: 5 doubles
Rocca d'Olgisio

DISTANCE FROM THE CASTLE: accommodation situated inside the castle
ADDRESS: Rocca d’Olgisio – 29020 Pianello Val Tidone (Piacenza)
TELEPHONE: +39.0523.998075 – +39.0523.998045
FAX: +39.0523.998045
EMAIL: info@roccadolgisio.it
WEB SITE: www.roccadolgisio.it
CLASS OF PRICE: letto letto letto


TORRE DEL BORGO
Torrre del Borgo

Accommodation in ancient walls B&B The Tower, of the same age as the oldest part of the Castle of Gropparello and other castles in the valley, was built as a defensive “support” to the castle itself, at the entrance to Val Vezzeno. Of note are the arrow slits and decorations, presently undergoing restoration, situated below the roof. Used as a military station in times of old, its main entrance door was positioned high upon the road, in order to prevent access by invaders. From the middle of the XV century onwards there began a gradual transformation of the old fortification from a military site into a “place of delights”. As a consequence the “accessory” towers also underwent the same transformation.
The former manor house of previous times today has been transformed into an elegant period residence offering a bed and breakfast service.

Torre del Borgo

OPEN: from april to december
NUMBER OF ROOMS: 5 doubles; 1 junior suite
DISTANCE FROM THE CASTLE: 5 Km fron castle of Gropparello
ADDRESS: Via Gavazzini, 11 – loc. Sariano – 29025 Gropparello (Piacenza)
TELEPHONE: +39.0523.246503
FAX: +39.0523.246503
WEB SITE: www.torredelborgo.it
CLASS OF PRICE: letto letto letto

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