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A Medieval Village near Milan: The Castle of Grazzano Visconti

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b2ap3_thumbnail_IMG_3470-640x480.jpgMy friends, welcome to My Own Italy, to discover Italy with my personal touch!

Our travel today is to Emilia Romagna near Piacenza to visit a medieval village nearby Milan.

The Castle of Grazzano Visconti was built in 1395, perhaps on an existing structure, for Beatrice Visconti, the sister of Gian Galeazzo Visconti. 

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The Castle of Grazzano Visconti was property of the Anguissola family until 1870 when Count Philip died without any heir.

The Castle passed to his wife Fanny born Visconti di Modrone, who left her possessions to his nephew Grazzano Guido Visconti di Modrone.

 

b2ap3_thumbnail_IMG_3509-640x480.jpgThe castle has a quadrangular plan with towers on the four corners.

Built of stone and brick, the alternation of the two materials is used in decorative key with alternating bands and the use of profiles in cooked on the bottom stone.

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The buildings form three sides of the assembly, the fourth is closed by a wall crenellated.
The entrance was made possible by a drawbridge, of which the traces, over the moat, still exists.
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The large park surrounding the castle is about 150,000 m2, and contains: the church, the Duke's studio, the viewpoint that looms over Rio Grazzano, the labyrinth, the Italian garden and several specimens of trees.
b2ap3_thumbnail_IMG_3578-480x640.jpg  Through guided tours organized by the tourist board park is now open to the charge at certain times of the year.
Today a tourist destination, the village is home to shops and restaurants and is animated with historical reenactments and costume parties! Follow me: this is my tourism!
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