Castello di Rivalta

Castello di Rivalta, Gazzola: Hours, Address, Castello di Rivalta Reviews: 4.5/5

Castello di Rivalta
4.5
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM, 3:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Wednesday
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
3:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Thursday
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
3:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Friday
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
3:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
The castle and the medieval village belong to the Zanardy Landi family, a branch of the Landi familily that owns the castle since the 13 th century.The castle is open for guided tours (you can visit the honour room , dining room, copper kitchen , wine cellar, prisons, bedrooms,tower realized by Pietro Antonio Solari, the same architect of the Kremlin of Moscow ), while the guest quarters are used for banquets, events, symposiums, conventions and marriages, (with possible use of the 14th century San Martino church).
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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NS&MP
Scottsdale, AZ207 contributions
Hitsoric Site
Sep. 2019 • Friends
If you’re in the area drive an hour into the mountains and go visit the castle. Stay for lunch and take a tour through history of the castle and Italy. From the tenth century to modern times this castle was used by the same family. Pretty amazing story, and the Falco restaurant on property is phenomenal and very well priced.
We will definitely return.
Written 9 September 2019
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Sachi Sharma
Phoenix, AZ116 contributions
A HIDDEN GEM
Jul. 2019
We stopped here on our way from Bologna to Turin, after seeing the Lamborghini Museum. To be honest, we had NO IDEA of what to expect but we decided to stop anyway. We are so glad we did! We got a private tour from a very friendly guide and a visit from the mayor herself!!!! They both showed us around the beautiful ancient secluded castle which is now being used as a school. It is like a little village and the castle is the town hall of it! Honestly speaking, it was an INCREDIBLE experience and we absolutely enjoyed it! It is not crowded or touristy and the people there are so kind! They gave us gifts at the end and we absolutely enjoyed ourselves. Just 20 minutes outside of Turin, give this place a visit! You won
Written 8 August 2019
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Olivia Spencer Bower
Rome, Italy61 contributions
Great castle visit; stay for lunch
Jun. 2019 • Couples
The Castello di Rivalta is not far from Piacenza towards the Apennines, but not quite in the foothills. It is beside the wide, shingly spread of the Trebbia river, which flows from the Appenines to the Po near Piacenza. It is owned by the original owners, the Landi family, who run it, and its associated Borgo, as a highly successful tourist business, which includes weddings, a hotel, three restaurants including Il Falcone (one of the best in Italy), a day spa, and various other businesses. The borgo is charming. The castle tower, which dates from the fifteenth century, has a highly distinctive shape. The castle is strikingly picturesque as you cross the river on the road bridge, isolated in beautiful country. The whole place is no nice because it is all in the country: the Borgo is essentially a little dependence of the castle
On the tour they don’t let you take photos, unfortunately. You approach up a street with the Borgo buildings on the right (including a medieval tower) , the castle gardens at the left, and the Church of S. Martino (which does not seem to be open) in front. On Thursdays and Fridays there is one tour at 11.00 and another in the afternoon. They offer 40 minute and 1 hour 20 minutes tours, but no-one seems to take the former, and there seemed little point as the castle is not very big. Unless you book a group you are unlikely to get a tour in English. It has the obligatory ghost legend: the 19th c cook who was a great cook but also a great lover, who seduced the major domo’s wife, so the major domo murdered him and threw him down a well that they show you later, to make it look like suicide. As a suicide he was buried in unconsecrated ground, and his ghost therefore haunts the castle … (se non è vero è ben trovato).
They show you the main rooms that open off a loggia around the courtyard, which are interesting but not outstanding. Upstairs in the attic room is a museum of Italian military uniforms on wax dummies. There is also a museum room for the Battle of Lepanto which has some important items. The highlight is going up the tower for the views. You don’t get to see much of the garden unless for a wedding.
Overall, a charming place you don’t want to leave. It might be worth staying a night depending on the price. You need a car to get there. It is not that far from Piacenza but not being a town there are no buses.
Do not leave without having lunch at Il Falcone, one of Italy’s best restaurants (which is moderately priced if you don’t let yourself go). It pays to book (essential at weekends) but we booked just before beginning the tour late in the week. This is in a beautiful wisteria-covered courtyard in the Borgo filled with smart Milanese and Piacentines. The food is an original take on traditional dishes. The coppa (the local pork meat) in the meat antipasto is truly wonderful, as is the bread. The gnocchi with prawns in a leek sauce was the best I have ever eaten. My partner had roast duck cappelleti, which was also fabulous. The wine list was mind-boggling, and the waiter helpful with reasonably priced local recommendations. Desserts are equally good. Italian alfresco lunches don’t get any better than this.
Written 28 June 2019
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HIBS2010
Malta65 contributions
Amazing New Years’ party at the Castle of Rivalta!!!
Dec. 2018 • Couples
Some Italian friends introduced me to Rivalta where we decided to spend the New Year and I confirm that it was a night very well spent....WORTH IT!

A unique experience in a medieval village where time seems to have stopped…

Perfect night, well organized, with kind and professional staff members and an unforgettable evening between fireworks, ‘brindisi’ and dance for all the night!

Beautiful ‘Foresteria’ dining room, rich and good menu, some minor things to improve , but you are on the right track ...honestly this review can do with 4 stars, but I am giving 5 for all their efforts. Definitely see you next year.
Written 1 January 2019
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czawicv
San Diego, CA7 contributions
Spa visit in Rivalta, Gazzola near Piacenza, Italy
Oct. 2018 • Couples
Spotted spa through my wife who has spent some time in this area this last summer.
Spa located inside the enchanting village and Castle of Rivalta.
The experience of going through the healing hands of Mary, expert in Shiatsu Zen....amazing.
She is a true expert in this discipline who spent 10 years graduating as a physician in healing oriental medicine, specifically in Shiatsu Zen.
Written 3 October 2018
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Mazzy Mayhem
Surbiton, UK150 contributions
Well worth it!
Apr. 2018 • Family
We were a party of 8, so decided to book an English speaking guide for this trip. It was SO worth it and didn't cost that much, considering how good our guide was and that there were 8 of us. It was totally engaging and the age range of our group was 15-78, so that shows how good it was to engage all of us.
The castle and its grounds are beautiful, steeped in history and well kept. Just take care if you have any problems climbing narrow or steep steps. My dad had a little difficulty so just bear that in mind.
After the tour we had lunch in one of the nearby restaurants, which was pleasant, as you would expect in Italy!
Written 5 September 2018
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Belgonzo
Los Angeles, CA68 contributions
Lovely family owned residence with a great deal of history
Jul. 2017 • Family
The castle is only accessible by tour, which can be somewhat difficult to arrange from a timing standpoint. The history of the castle is fascinating, and it is still quite intact, complete with some more historic rooms from the darker old days. The family collection of military uniforms and the battle flags from the Battle of Lepanto against the Turks in 1571 are especially worth a look.
Written 11 May 2018
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Ramona-Jar
Romania1 contribution
Amazing guided tour that lasted for almost 2 hours
Apr. 2018 • Family
We paid 14 euros for the tour. Which seems a bit steep. But it was totally worth it. For almost 2 hours we were taken back in time and got to see some really amazing stuff. Even my 4 year old was thrilled with everything she saw. It would be great if English speaking tourists would have some sort of an audio guide, but it's a terrific experience. 100% recommended.
Written 2 May 2018
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SeHogg
Laguna Hills, CA87 contributions
Beautiful Castle
Apr. 2018
Nicolas from Agritarismo Podere Casale recommended a visit to this castle. It was definitely worth the stop. We would recommend making a reservation for an english speaking tour if you are not fluent in Italian. Even though we understood very little we enjoyed seeing the interior of the castle. We met a very nice couple that are from Milan. After the tour we had a very tasty lunch together at the bar/cafe. We were very surprised when they paid for our lunch. I am still amazed that they did that.
Written 23 April 2018
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rpolacek
san francisco25 contributions
Magical Castle
Oct. 2017 • Friends
The private tour was fantastic and left the impression of what it is like to live in a 1000 year old castle. Highly recommended.
Written 3 November 2017
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Castello di Rivalta is open:
  • Sun - Sun 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Wed - Fri 10:30 am - 11:00 am
  • Wed - Fri 3:00 pm - 3:30 pm
  • Sat - Sat 11:00 am - 6:00 pm