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Featured in RB Explore Photography Page October – 14 – 2012
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Ministry of Heritage and Cultural Activities, Superintendence for the Architectural, the Landscape, the Historical Heritage. Artistic and Ethno-Anthropological of Italy
Nikon D300 Sigma 15/30
Castle Of Roccabianca
Under Pier Maria Rossi, the town’s feudal lord, the castle was built in the 6th decade of the XV century: according to legend, the lord dedicated it to his lover Bianca Pellegrini, from which the town gets its name.
Basically, it is a castle set on a square plan with long sides running perpendicular to the town roads which lead to the market square (Minozzi Square) in such a way that it is found right in the heart of the residential area. Its evident nature is not only romantically residential, but also distinctly defensive and couldn’t be otherwise considering the bloody battles between the Rossi family and the Pallavicino family. This can be seen in the imposing corner rams on the southern axis, in the pyramid base of the podium on which the fort rests, and in the slopes.
Above the wall there is a two-story watchtower set in the courtyard opposite the main entranceway: the structure is similar to those in Torrechiara, Noceto, Varano Melegari e Castelguelfo. The complex’s architectonic elements reveal the various epochs and changes.
The interior houses a valuable frescoed ceiling attributed to Niccolò da Varallo, with the Stories of Griselda (dealing with the noted decameron novel) and the astrological cycle, commissioned by Pier Maria Rossi, which in 1897 was torn and transferred to the Castello Sforzesco Museum in Milano.
One can still see traces of light blue on the once-frescoed ceiling of the first floor, which hints to a rossiano gesture. This recently restored private property from the late XV century, with its recovered coffered ceilings, is open to the public only upon reservation.