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GRAZZANO VISCONTI CASTLE PARK

Parco del castello di Grazzano Visconti
Description
The park of Grazzano Visconti Castle is accessible by guided tours.
From springtime to halfway through November guided tours are available on Saturday, Sunday and festive days.
Guided tours are during the day but also in the evening, though the latter should be booked in advance. 
The park was created by Giuseppe Visconti around 1915, with an Italian Garden, and the English garden. Cedrus Libani, planes, bamboos, boxtrees, yews and many other century old plants in the garden. 

Tours will guide visitors through the story of Grazzano Visconti and its beautiful historic park. Particular attention will be given to the historical-cultural aspects of the castle and the borough, but also to plants and animals that inhabit the place. 

Sounds and calls from nature will become familiar in this environment, a park that belongs to the circuit of Grandi Giardini Italiani (great Italian gardens).
Time of performance
Saturday afternoon, Sunday and festive days from 17 March to 30 June, and from 10 August to 17 November. For guided tour schedule might change according to the season
Methods of performance
Only with guided tours
Organization
Noctua srl
Telephone
+39.0523.870136 oppure + 39.333.2069329
Email
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Rates
Full ticket: 7 Euros, Reduced: 4 Euros (from 5 to 14 years); Over 65 : 6 Euros
Access arrangements and requirements
booking +39.0523.870136 and +39.340.7634208
Route detail
GUIDED TOURS DURING THE DAY
 
The tour touches upon the main historical and environmental aspects of the park. It includes a visit to the inner court of the castle, the children's little house, the yew labyrinth, the mixtilinear fountain, the Italian garden and English garden. Don't forget the meeting with Aloisa, the ghost that has been protecting women for centuries.
During the visit the guide will present botanic elements particularly valuable, and according to the season it will be possible to see different species of woodpeckers, foxes, squirrels, western jackdaws, eurasian jays, and the eurasian sparroehawk. 
 
 
EVENING GUIDED TOURS (only upon booking)

Grazzano Visconti park is the only Italian park that offers guided tours in the evening regularly over the year. 

In the night the park becomes a chest of nature, sounds, scents and incredible emotions. You will become a group of travellers with torches at hand, to understand how different life in the middle ages was, and what kinds of risks people had to face: robbers, wolves, dangerous animals, etc. 
The owls will accompany you through the visit with their chant, and the park will be illuminated by the presence of thousands of fireflies. We will also try to call the owls with a special modern technique called 'playback'. 
We will also discover sounds and traces of various animals, and we will tell you how the moon and darkness actually favour some animals above others in an ecosystem. We will teach you some research methods used by professional researchers to study and monitor the fauna that lives at night. 

Ticket purchase is mandatory and the park can only be visited through a guided tour. 
The castle is not open to visits. 
The park is open to the public with guided tours on Saturday afternoon, on Sunday and festive days, both in the morning and afternoon. 

Visits can be cancelled due to bad weather, or in case of private events at the castle, or when the minimum number of people for a visit is not reached.

For groups of at least 25 people it is possible, upon booking, to 
Information Office
Last update
Wednesday, 24 January 2018
News and information edited by the Tourist Information Office of the Municipalities of Bobbio, Borgonovo V.T., Castell'Arquato, Piacenza and Vigolzone