An unusual itinerary among the most popular ghosts of Parma and Piacenza manors…
Rustle of  sheets and creepy shadows, shutting doors, lights turned on and off, moving curtains:  beyond the drawbridge of at least 7 castles belonging to the Duchy of Parma and Piacenza you’ll perceive the intangibile traces of mysterious mournful stories handed down from generation to generation since centuries…


Parma, Piacenza (PR) - 3 days

The "Haunted Castles": 

The Rocca Meli Lupi di Soragna, dwelling of the ghost of Donna Cenerina, 
Wife of marquise Diofebo II Meli Lupi, she was murdered by her brother-in-law in 1573. A cruel murder which upset the quiet life of that time and remained unpunished. And this is may be the reason why the ghost started to walk around the rooms of the Rocca to foretell oncoming mournful events destined to shake the life of the family members...
A typical lunch at a trattoria will be more than deserved after such thrilling moments.…

The Castle of Montechiarugolo, dwelling of Fata Bema. 
This sourceress, who showed up at the castle for the first time in 1593 when Ranuccio Farnese I, Duke of Parma, came to visit the counts Torelli, proposed  to read his hand. Duke Ranuccio, literally terrified by the supernatural, immediately had her arrested so that the poor girl started a series of escapes and peregrinations  to avoid a planned execution.  Bema ended her life in Montechiarugolo anyway, beloved and taken in great esteem by the local people and especially by the young brides whom she started to appear as a kind ghost  just before the wedding day to instruct them on their new life. Which, they tell, is still happening nowadays… 

At the Castle of Paderna,
A big mystery sorrounds the small church of the Holy Mary: built before the XI century with a greek cross plan, it seems a perfect cube designed upon multiples of number 3. Moreover, in the middle of the church there seems to be an incredibly strong natural magnetic field. And that’s not all: the Castle’s ancient walls house the ghost of “Confalonieri”, a guy who passed by on his way from the Castle of Turro and was murdered there in such a brutal way that his screams are told to  have been heard in a radius of a thousand meters.
 
At the Castle of Rivalta,
The protagonist of this small medieval borough is a cook called Giuseppe, stabbed and strangled here by an unknown killer in the far 18th century, who then threw his body down in a deep pit. According to one of the most popular stories, his body was found some time later and since then he seems to have been more or less regularily  heard in the castle’s corridors. “Sounds like when you beat onto fresh meat to make steaks” says Count    Orazio Zanardi Landi with a smile. Some other times the locala testify how  all lights are turned on and off even with no electric power on. A really strange matter that seems to have been wtinessed by nonetheless than some members of the Royal Family of England at the time when they where occasional guests at the Castle.
 
The Castle of Agazzano is haunted by the presence of Count Pier Maria Scotti, 
better known as  "Il Buso". Count Pier maria Scotti was first stabbed and then thrown in the moat in 1514 by two guys called Astorri Visconte and Giovanni da Birago, who then managed to get possession of the manor. Despite his brutal death end,  Buso appears to be a harmless ghost whom all stories describe as a tall guy with a dark shield, leather trousers, high boots, a helmet with a light blue feather and a sword in his hand. He’s been spotted while walking within the castle walls with a serious, catious attitude. Or running around sword in hand and disappearing among sounds of beaten metal and mournful laments. 

In the Castle of Gropparello
Rosania Fulgosio, in the far 12 hundreds, is told to have been walled in alive by her husband Pietrone da Cagnano in a hidden place in the foundations of the castle as a punishment for having betrayed him with Lancillotto Anguissola, old love of hers. Since then her spirit moves around letting her laments be heard during rmy nights…
 
In the Fortress of Bardi  
A romantic and tragic event s the one related to Moroello, a knight living in the castle toward the end of the 14 hundreds. Since his love for the 16 yeasr old Soleste was not returned because of their different social status, he had left for a war mission. When his troop came back under the enemies coat of arms without him, Soleste thought he had dies and threw herself down the walls of the castle. Moroello, who was instead coming back in victory, came to know about her death and killed himself in turn. 
The extraordinary thing, though, is that his ghost seems to have been taken in a photograph while moving around the castle: two supernaural researchers from Bologna have apparently caught him by means of a special thermosensitive equipment…only with a little shiver down the spine…


Experiencial week-end including:
2 B&B nights at one of our ancient manor dwellings 
2 dinners based on PDO and IGT certified products of the territory paired with local wines/drinks  
Entry tickets to 4 haunted Castles of the Duchy of Parma and  Piacenza.

€ 199,00 per person in dbl room,  B&B

Selected structures:
Antico Borgo di Tabiano Castello Relais de Charme (Tabiano Castello – Parma)
Castello di Compiano Relais (Compiano – Parma)
Leon d’Oro Castell’Arquato Hotel 3***S de Charme (Castell’Arquato – Piacenza)
Locanda del Re Guerriero (San Pietro in Cerro – Piacenza)
Relais Fontevivo (Fontevivo – Parma) 
Residenza d’epoca Torre del Borgo (Sariano – Piacenza)
Residenza Torre San Martino (Rivalta – Piacenza)
Antica Corte Pallavicina (Polesine Parmense – Parma – EXTRA FEE  € 80,00 per person)
Torre del Barbagianni (Gropparello – Piacenza) – EXTRA FEE: € 200,00 per person)

 

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