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Rocca di Vignola

Closed Now: 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM, 3:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Open today: 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM, 3:30 PM - 6:30 PM
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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 3 November 2018
Gabrielle S
Hereford, United Kingdom
via mobile
The Spiral Staircase

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

Reviewed 6 August 2018
Portland, Oregon
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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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Piazza Dei Contrari 4, 41058 Vignola, Italy
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All reviews rocca di free entry painted walls preserved frescoes nice view audio guide stairs to climb well worth the visit surrounding area castle rooms entrance modena century visitors treasure restoration
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Reviewed 3 November 2018 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.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Gabrielle S
Reviewed 6 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

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed 19 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!

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed 10 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.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Cookada
Reviewed 10 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

Date of experience: December 2017
1  Thank LuziAnne68
Reviewed 2 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

Date of experience: September 2017
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Reviewed 16 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.

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank JohnInItaly
Reviewed 12 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

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank Tophergirl
Reviewed 1 October 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

Date of experience: September 2017
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Reviewed 23 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.

Date of experience: July 2017
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