Castles of the Panaro

Villages of Castellaro and Rocca di Sopra di Roccamalatina (Guiglia)

Villages of Castellaro and Rocca di Sopra di Roccamalatina (Guiglia)

The Castellaro and Rocca di Sopra villages were part of the Malatigni family’s defensive system. The powerful Malatigni family dominated these places for centuries. These villages have been modified during the years and they still have some features that show how ancient they are. Near Castellaro there is, on a rocky hill, a recently renovated sighting tower. In Rocca di Sopra,  the ancient entrance doors and Madonna dei Sassi Oratory are really valuable. In the village there is the “Sassi di Roccamalatina” Regional Park’s Visitor Centre.

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House Pugnano of Roccamalatina (Guiglia)

House Pugnano of Roccamalatina (Guiglia)

This important village originated due to a Fourteenth century tower house that was enlarged during the Sixteenth century. From the ancient building it has the original walls and wonderful sandstone windows. The Sixteenth century side has a nice tower

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La Grilla di Roccamalatina (Guiglia)

La Grilla di Roccamalatina (Guiglia)

This important building has a Fourteenth century strong tower and was also enlarged many times by the powerful Grilla family, whose coat of arms is placed on top of the entrance door. It is quite big and so it has a great impact on the surrounding environment. It is in perfect condition and has really valuable features.

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House Fanano of Roccamalatina (Guiglia)

House Fanano of Roccamalatina (Guiglia)

It is located in a dominating but isolated position, in the Rio Grande stream valley. Some buildings have been added to the elegant house which has a Fifteenth century tower, and they have ruined the original aspect. It is in very bad condition and renovation works should be done. In fact, it has some valuable elements, for example a round-arched entrance door, some windows and loopholes and a monolithic mullioned window.

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House Il Monte of Roccamalatina (Guiglia)

House Il Monte of Roccamalatina (Guiglia)

It is located in a dominating position, in the modern centre of Roccamalatina. It has been partially ruined by disputable renovation works and modern buildings, which have altered its original aspect. The village is placed on a Fourteenth century plan that forms a closed courtyard. At the centre of the courtyard there is a strong Fourteenth century tower with nice sandstone windows that have been damaged by the weather. There is also a very nice entrance door dating 1514.

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