The Park, of 150,000 square meters, sprang up around the late XIV-century castle. It was conceived and created at the beginning of the XX century by Duke Giuseppe Visconti of Modrone and assumes the form of an example of the eclectic style, with elements taken from the Italian and French garden and the English park.
Fountains, parterres, statues and bridges blend into a luxuriant natural setting, in which examples of centenarian trees, such as the plane tree or splendid group of Lebanon cedars, stand out.
Other points of note along the visitor’s route include the maze, the playhouse (built for the Duke’s younger daughters Uberta and Nane), the Chapel of Sant’Anna and the fairy-tale courtyard of the castle.
LOCALITY: Municipality of Vigolzone, 16 km from Piacenza
OPENING PERIOD: from 24 March to 1 July and from 1 September to 4 November
OPENING HOURS: Park opening times:
from 24 March to 1 July Saturdays and holidays 10-11am* and 3-5pm*;
July and August closed;
September Saturdays and holidays 10-11am* and 3-5pm*;
from October to 4 November Saturdays and holidays 10-11am* and 2-4.30pm* (* last admission).
Guided tour on a rotating basis. Admission charge.
Other days: by booking only, for groups of at least 20; opening times may vary during peak visiting periods. Extraordinary opening days possible in July and August.
PRICE TICKETS: Guided visits.
Adults: Euro 6,00
Childrens fron 5 to 12 years: Euro 5,00
Groups: (minimum 20 persons): Euro 5,00
Schools: Euro 5,00
Free entry for companions and teacher (one for groups)
CONCESSIONS: reduced price for the possessors of “Card del Ducato” Euro 5,00
PATH OF VISIT: Historical-naturalistic itinerary; the most representative examples of the Romantic park (the centenarian plane tree or splendid group of Lebanon cedars and so on), the Italian-style parterre with its rose garden, statues, fountains, maze, belvedere, playhouse, oratory of Sant’Anna and internal courtyard.
SERVICES: The facilities are accessible to the physically disabled thanks to the access ramps; guided tours in foreign languages (English, French and German); book-shop; souvenirs (guides, posters, postcards); available for weddings, banquets and gala dinners (capacity 150 people, prices to be agreed); educational activities; photography service available (price to be agreed).
ADDRESS: Via del Castello,2 – 29020 Grazzano Visconti (Piacenza)
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WEB SITE: www.castellodigrazzanovisconti.it
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