- Art & Culture
The Chignolo Po Castle
"La Versailles della Lombardia" (cit. Marc'Antonio Dal Re)
Chignolo Po castle is one of the most sumptuous castle residences in Lombardy. The oldest part is the tower which was built to defend the Po river and the trading routes between northern Europe and Italy.
The castle was built in the thirteenth century and transformed into a princely palace in the eighteenth century in an inventive stylistic reinvention of the building. Its present form is a majestic earthenware building surmounted by a hanging gallery held up by stone ledges. Each window is framed in white. Its most spectacular element is the square plan central battlemented tower with added loggia. Inside you can visit the apartments which hosted Pope Clement XI, Napoleon Bonaparte and Franz I of Austria as well as the sumptuous dance hall whose painted ceiling features the glory of the four seasons. The castle is also seat of the Lombard Rural Civilisation Museum which was set up to bring together the multiplicity of histories which were the basis of the agricultural activities of the lower Po valley and the Lombard wine museum.
From Saturday, 2 March 2019, to Sunday, 17 November 2019 (the entire month of AUGUST)
Saturday, Sunday and holidays: from 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM, no reservations required.
The duration of the guided tour is 60 minutes.
Weekday tours can be arranged, but only for groups of 15 people or more (bookings must be made at least 48 hours in advance)
Full price: € 10.00 - adults
Reduced: € 8.00 - lower secondary school children
Reduced: € 6.00 - primary school children and teachers
The visit itinerary aims to show the monumental complex of the Castle of Chignolo Po and to enhance the history of its centuries-old royal fiefdom and of its task along the Via Francigena. Visits are only guided as the Castle is a private residence.
Please note that it is not possible to take photographs inside the monument