A medieval gem of a village
A charming medieval-style village shrouded in a magical atmosphere that gives you the feeling of being suspended in time: we are in Grazzano Visconti, in the province of Piacenza. The castle, around which the town was built, dates back to the 14th century and was commissioned by Gian Galeazzo Visconti as a gift for his sister Beatrice, who had married Piacenza nobleman Giovanni Anguissola.
However, the true protagonist of the manor is Anguissola’s daughter, Aloisa, who passed away from grief after being abandoned by a young mercenary captain who she had fallen madly in love with. Ever since, Aloisa has been considered the guardian of unrequited lovers. Legend has it that her spirit still haunts the castle walls today. If you want her to help your cause, you can leave her statue a small, heartfelt gift.
Recognised as a “City of Art” by the Emilia-Romagna Region, there is plenty to do in Grazzano Visconti all year round, but the attractions peak with the costume events that mainly take place in spring and autumn, or during Advent, when Christmas markets are organised and the Italian gardens are transformed into a traditional Christmas village.
Don’t forget to stop by and visit the Parish Church of Saints Cosmas and Damian, the oldest building in Grazzano Visconti, which houses the Chapel of Our Lady of Lourdes with countless ex-votos.