Lying on the Apennines hills not far from the Baganza stream, the fortress had a role of primary importance in the defensive system of the castles in the Parma area. It was held, from 1258 and for more than 350 years, by the Sanvitale family, then by the Farnese family and the Bourbons. Today, the Fortress has the appearance of a long parallelepiped, marked off at the ends by the ruins of two towers. The rooms, which recently underwent important restoration work, display precious frescoes and decorations, 16th century works by Orazio Samacchini, Bernardino Campi and Cesare Baglione.
LOCALITY: Municipality of Sala Baganza, 10 km from Parma
OPENING PERIOD: all year round
Visiting hours: from November to March 10am-1pm and 3pm-5pm, Saturday and holidays guided visits at 10.30am, 11.30am, 3pm, 4pm; from April to October 10am-1pm and 3pm-6pm, Saturday and holidays guided visits at 10.30am, 11.30am, 3pm, 4pm, 5pm. Closed on Monday (except public holidays) and also on Tuesday (except public holidays) from December to February.
PRICE TICKETS: Adults: Euro 4,00 Childrens: free entry until 6 years; from 6 to 12 years Euro 1,00 Groups (min. 10 persons): Euro 3,00 Schools-childrens: Euro 1,00 (free entry for the staff of teachers)
CONCESSIONS: reduced price for the possessors of “Card del Ducato” Euro 4,00
PATH OF VISIT: Oratory of San Lorenzo, noble floor with sixteenth-century frescoes and eighteenth-century rooms with frescoes by Galeotti.