An Enchanting Stay At Vigoleno Castle

Vigoleno Castle
  • 2 years ago
  • 7Minutes
  • 1201Views

Medieval Charm In The Italian Countryside

If you love fairytales, you are sure to be enchanted by the Castello di Vigoleno. In the north of Italy this real life original medieval castle is part of the charming historic Vigoleno village which dates back to Roman times. Located in the Italian countryside of Vernasca, it sits high on a hill in the picturesque Emilia Romagna Region near Parma. I stayed one night and absolutely loved it here.

Vigoleno castle Italy
Entrance to Vigoleno Castle

The Castle

A fortified castle, Vigoleno was built for defensive purposes to protect the area in the past. It has a tower of course, which is very impressive and was obviously well constructed as a keep, to guard its inhabitants during times of battle. Up until the early 1900’s it belonged to the Scotti family of Piacenza, a wealthy aristocratic clan who owned it for centuries, which is quite unusual, apparently, for a castle to have remained in the same family for so long. Interestingly, they originally came from Scotland.

Vigoleno Castle Italy

The whole castle has been meticulously restored and maintained over the years, in keeping with its heritage. It is very authentic, unlike other castles you may visit. I love the ghibelline merlons everywhere, which are the fancy parts at the top of the walls that the archers used to hide behind to shoot arrows. There is a church here of course, because every Italian village has a church or three, which is the Romanesque Church of San Giorgio. Saint George is the legend who slayed, or more correctly, slew, the dragon.

I visited in Winter and it wasn’t very busy, which suited me just fine. If you like to visit places that aren’t tourist hotspots, then I thoroughly recommend coming here, especially in January. I loved the peacefulness of the place, far away from hustle and bustle.

It’s also a great location for events and functions, such as weddings. What a charming setting for such an occasion. The Italian landscape lends itself beautifully to romantic moments.

Interesting fact: The movie “Ladyhawke” starring Michelle Pfeiffer was partly filmed here.

Vigoleno Castle 4 Snazzy Trips travel blog
Vigoleno Snazzy Trips travel blog
Vigoleno Castle Italy 11 Snazzy Trips travel blog
Vigoleno Castle Italy

The Vigoleno Hotel

Now-a-days the castle is a charming hotel, with rooms fashioned in elegance of a bye-gone era. The furniture is antique and in excellent condition. I was very excited to stay overnight in one of the suites. It had a beautiful four-poster bed, with curtains draped around it. I really felt like royalty. It was simply magical.

The rooms are quite small, but they do have everything you need for a pleasant stay, with attention to detail.  I always appreciate the little touches provided by a hotel, such as, water bottles, toiletries, free wi-fi, a room with a view, etc. It really makes you enjoy your stay a whole lot more, don’t you agree?

Speaking of small, my bathroom had the tiniest shower cubicle I have ever seen in all my travels! Once I hopped inside it, I could barely move. It was quite hilarious.   

Vigoleno Castle 14 Snazzy Trips travel blog
Vigoleno Castle 7 Snazzy Trips travel blog

Dining at Vigoleno Castle

That evening I dined in luxury! The main restaurant here, called Ristorante San Giorgio, is a stunning dining room, with beautiful decor and an enormous fireplace. Staff were so attentive, almost to a fault, and the food was delicious. A couple of other tables were occupied, but it was relatively quiet.

They also provided a lovely continental buffet breakfast for free, which is always a nice way to start the next day of travelling.

I recommend staying here for a totally different type of hotel experience that you won’t ever forget. You can even stay in the tower, if you really want to feel like a prince or princess.

I’m thrilled to now be able to say that I have stayed in a real Castle.

Vigoleno Castle 13 Snazzy Trips travel blog

The Village of Vigoleno

We arrived by hire car from Parma to Vigoleno, about 45 minutes. A long winding uphill road leads to this historical village of Vigoleno; a very narrow two-way road, I might add. It was a little hair-raising, driving up here, but we arrived in one piece. By the way, you won’t be able to get here any other way, as public transport is scarce, and taxis probably won’t be keen to drive way out here either. So you really need to get a car. There is plenty of parking here and it’s very safe.

The little piazza is the central point of this charming little village, with a centuries-old fountain in the middle. There are shops, a church, a bar, a museum, a theatre and more. It’s a proper town with private residences here as well.

I enjoyed exploring the village, admiring the fabulous old buildings and taking in the history of the place; its ruins, architecture and artwork are fascinating. You actually feel like you have gone back in time to the medieval ages. Lots of interesting nooks and passageways to check out.

Vigoleno Castle Italy
Vigoleno Castle Italy 23 Snazzy Trips travel blog
Vigoleno Castle Italy 25 Snazzy Trips travel blog
Vigoleno Castle Italy 24 Snazzy Trips travel blog
Vigoleno Castle Italy 27 Snazzy Trips travel blog
Cobblestoned roads
Vigoleno Castle Italy 29 Snazzy Trips travel blog
Fortified walls of the castle
vigoleno castle 20 Snazzy Trips travel blog
Vigoleno Castle Italy 10 Snazzy Trips travel blog

The surrounding area of Vernasca

The Italian countryside is stunning, and Vernasca is no exception. The views surrounding Vigoleno are picture-perfect, with the valley and rolling hills. Vineyards and orchards grace the landscape. Magnificent! It’s quite a remote area though and not on the typical tourist’s map, but well worth the visit. 

The area is known for winemaking, in particular the Vin Santo, which is made from dried grapes to make it sweet. This is their famous drop here, but it’s in limited production.

There are other castles nearby which I would have liked to visit if I had more time, such as Castell’Arquato. If you do have time, there is plenty of things to explore in the region, including the popular Spa town of Salsomaggiore Terme.

Vigoleno Castle 26 Snazzy Trips travel blog
Vigoleno Castle 29 Snazzy Trips travel blog
Vigoleno Castle 31 Snazzy Trips travel blog

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about my stay at the historic Vigoleno Castle.

Ciao, for now.

Here are some nearby tours of Italy you may enjoy

Pin Vigoleno Castle on pinterest

Vigoleno Castle Italy 1 1 Snazzy Trips travel blog
vigoleno castle 1 1 Snazzy Trips travel blog
Vigoleno Castle 15 Snazzy Trips travel blog
Vigoleno Castle Italy
Vigoleno Castle Italy
Visit the charming Vigoleno Castle, Italy

More on Italy

662F326C 59E7 4B87 BB19 F2A514EBEADC 1 105 c 1 Snazzy Trips travel blog
You Must See Pompeii
24 May 2024, 19:52
B6D0F8AF CF9D 4E28 9856 AA7D51E84E89 1 105 c Snazzy Trips travel blog
Visiting The Colosseum In Rome
11 May 2024, 14:29
IMG 6839 W Snazzy Trips travel blog
Travel Around Italy On A Budget
23 March 2022, 08:55
080F1818 D4BF 44C9 BB61 FC75BF3FE263 1 105 c Snazzy Trips travel blog
The Stunning Palaces Of The Rolls In Genoa
10 August 2020, 11:40
varenna at lake como Snazzy Trips travel blog
A Day In Varenna on Lake Como
03 July 2020, 17:00
colosseum Snazzy Trips travel blog
11 Essential Tips For Visiting Italy
11 January 2020, 15:55
pexels photo 2844464 Snazzy Trips travel blog
Why You Must See Rome's Famous Trevi Fountain
03 January 2020, 20:15
51174746614 3c55a9cb49 w Snazzy Trips travel blog
Monza Has 5 Amazing Things To See
28 December 2019, 20:15
UNADJUSTEDNONRAW thumb c67 Snazzy Trips travel blog
Why You Should See Piacenza
20 December 2019, 14:00
UNADJUSTEDNONRAW thumb 57c Snazzy Trips travel blog
20 Incredible Facts About Italy
19 July 2019, 06:00

More Snazzy Trips

15 thoughts on “An Enchanting Stay At Vigoleno Castle

  1. Sage Scott says:

    I love it when beautiful old buildings are repurposed. Europe has so many amazingly beautiful castles. A hotel is the perfect way to preserve them in a usable way. Very cool! ~ Sage Scott, the Everyday Wanderer

  2. Kevin | Caffeinated Excursions says:

    The history of the castle is quite interesting, being owned by one family from Scotland until quite recently (by historical standards, anyways). It’s really cool that you got to visit during the off season and see it without huge tourist crowds. Your hotel room there looks surprisingly cozy (I think I was expecting high ceilings and lots of stone), but that’s too bad that the shower was almost comically too small. The area looks beautiful and I’ve never heard of Vigoleno Castle before despite having been to northern Italy (Milan) twice, so thanks for sharing!

  3. Ketki Gadre says:

    A stay in the castle? So cool. It’s like experiencing royalty for a day. I like the fact that it is not very expensive, unlike in India where it costs a bomb!

  4. Michael Hodgson says:

    Of course the shower was tiny … everyone was a lot smaller back in those days. Oh, wait, that’s right, they didn’t have showers back then. 😉 Looks like a magical castle. Love restored ones like this. Reminds me a bit of St Michael’s Mount in Cornwall, sans hotel of course.

  5. Cindy says:

    I would love to stay in Vigoleno Castle. I like the idea that that it’s off the regular tourist track in such a peaceful winemaking region. I’ll bet that dinner and a glass of Italian wine by that fireplace would be so lovely and cozy.

  6. shreyasaha1987 says:

    OMG, you can actually stay inside a castle? This will be like a dream-come-true for me if I get to stay in Vigoleno Castle. The rooms look so elegant and well preserved. I would love to get around the cobbled streets, pass by the old buildings, and take a lot of Instagrammable pictures during my stay there.

  7. Susanne Jungbluth says:

    I think the decision to go there in the winter was just right. I think it seems overslept and just beautiful. In the summer it would have been just so full of tourists and the whole wonderful atmosphere would have been broken.

  8. Danik says:

    I love hitting up these sort of castles in Italy. I go to Italy often and always try and do one or two castle visits in the region but have to admit, I never heard of Vigoleno. Now I know where it is, I would love to hit this one up 🙂

  9. Alison says:

    Thanks for all the detailed information. Who doesn’t love a good Italian castle?! Will look for it the next time I am in the area!

  10. Sam Peach says:

    I’ve always wanted to be a princess and this looks like the perfect place to make those dreams come true!

    Would 100% consider doing this 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *