Immersed in the lush greenery of the Vezzeno Valley, atop a spur of green serpentine, sheer above the stream below, the Castle of Gropparello clings to the unevenness of the terrain like a wild eagle. Built on an irregular plan, it is a magnificent example of the art of fortification Its origins date back to the 8th century and over the years it was held by important families, such as the Fulgosi, the Pallavicino, the Sforza, the Campofregoso, the Attendolo and, lastly, the Gibelli.
The ‘Parco delle Fiabe’ (‘Park of Fairy Tales’) has been created in the surrounding woodland, the first ‘emotive’ park in Italy.
Accompanied by a guide along the route, the Pilgrims become involved in scenes fromeveryday medieval life.All children who hold a ticket to the Park will be dressed as knights so that they can have a fantastic adventure.
The woodcutter lives there, a hard worker and guardian of the wood, the miner who extracts highly precious stones that he gives to the Pilgrims, the soft and gentle fairies, the mischievous, endearing and vain sprites, the elves, the Druids …
No doubt there will be witches searching for herbs for their harmful potions. What about the ogre? He’s enormous compared to the woodcutter … will there be pilgrims willing to confront him?
When you enter the Fairy-Tale Park, forget your own world and prepare to be fascinated by the kingdom of fantasy and magic as you experience scenes of life from the medieval age.
And for grown up it is worth to try the splendid banquets in the Medieval Tavern. The Ricordanze di Sapori (remembering old flavours) event, is a unique chance to dine in the breathtaking atmosphere of the Castles forming the Association of Castles of the Duchy of Parma and Piacenza.
Fire-eaters and jugglers, accompanied by choreographies and music, will entertain the public. Here people will taste typical Medieval recipes in the suggestive background of ancient castles.
More than 20 renowned castles in the area (Gropparello included) host until November culture and food events, with the aim to help people discover differing tastes of foods and the value of culture as well as inviting people to explore the castles.
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