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La rocca degli Estensi
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The Rocca degli Estensi

One of the fortresses of the powerful Estensi family

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The fortress, or rocca, of the powerful degli Estensi family of Ferrara was built in the 15th century and is located at Camporgiano. Much of this and the rest of the city's glorious past as an important medieval centre has been lost in the major earthquake which hit the Garfagnana and Lunigiana regions in 1920.

A residential villa was built near the still visible base of the fortress and was used as a bomb refuge during the second World War.

Today the fortress is a private property, but the interior is open for visits. It provides space for the Ceramic Museum of Camporgiano which includes in its collection the precious Renaissance ceramics which were found in the castle's well after the end of the war and which were later restored.

Opening hours:

The fortress can be visited year-round with reservations made at least one week prior.

From June 1 – August 31: Saturdays 3pm-6:30pm; Sundays 10am-12:30pm and 3:30pm-6:30pm.

Free entrance.

Partially accessible.

Piazza S. Giacomo
Ph: +39 0583-618888-89
Email: museoceramiche@prolococamporgiano.it

A small village dominated by a majestic citadel
Camporgiano lies on the right border of the Serchio river, in a verdant valley that divides the mountainous chains of the Apuan Alps and the Apennines. The hamlets making up the town still maintain a medieval urban plan, with each one showcasing notable elements of the Garfagnana area’s culture and history. ...