Grazzano Visconti

Imagine a small village at the entrance to a green valley, just 20 minutes from Piacenza. Medieval costumes, flag throwers, jugglers, knights and ladies. Grazzano Visconti is more than a mere illusion. The village was created in Renaissance Neo-Gothic style in the early years of the twentieth century at the initiative of Count Giuseppe Visconti di Modrone, father of the director Luchino Visconti.

The Milanese nobleman restored the fourteenth century castle of Grazzano and undertook the perfect reconstruction of a true medieval village around it, closed to traffic: the shops of artisans, the residences of noblemen, the narrow streets with many picturesque views, inns and stables for horses.

Walk through the gates of Grazzano Visconti if you want to dive into a distant, evocative, dreamlike past. The village awaits you at the entrance to Val Nure, between the cultivated fields and vineyards of Colli Piacentini. Parco del Castello is also worth a trip, with an English and Italian garden and many diverse plant species. The surroundings feature Rivalta Castle, the Perino Waterfall, the small villages of Vigolzone, Ponte dell’Olio and Bèttola.