- Featured in “WINDOWS WITH A FLAIR” Group – February 16, 2011
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- Featured in "I LOVE ITALY” Group – “ITALIAN WINDOWS” Series – September 24, 2009
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A Coffee Shop at Grazzano Visconti (Italy)

Grazzano Visconti – A new Medieval Village
In the verdant Val Nure, situated in a fairy-tale setting, Grazzano Visconti (150 inhabitants) is one of the most famous and visited cities of art of Piacenza’s province (Northern Italy). The quiet streets, the gardens, the water fountains, the handicraft shops – the whole in medieval style – come to a new life during the historical parades, when the burg is animated by knights, damsels, warriors, and squires.
Hundred years ago Grazzano, which was not yet Visconti, (added in 1915) was a peculiar village with a dismantled castle (XIV century) and a little church. The historic patrimony witnessed that the village was seat of various wars.
The burg was wanted by Giuseppe Visconti di Modrone, who made the whole complex be built in neo-gothic style around the XIV century castle. He has been able to transform the little falling farm houses in charming medieval residences. The availability of new houses, the start of a school of arts and crafts, the opening of laboratories and workshops for craftsmen created also bases for tourist activities. Nothing is missing : a hotel, restaurants, handicraft shops, and also the ghost of a soldier’s bride, whose name was Aloisa, who died after she knew that her husband had betrayed her. They tell that the ghost is still wandering in the burg looking for her lost love.
The objective of count Giuseppe was to realize a village that as well as making worthy frame to the castle, had in it structures assuring a job to the young people that finished the courses of creative handicraft of wood and wrought iron of the newborn school of Grazzano
The Count Giuseppe Visconti’s talent created not only the designs of the houses and the costumes of the parades, but also the realization of frescoes, sculptures paintings, decorations. Gradually various buildings stood following the architectonic lines of the first centuries after year thousands. Battlemented walls, little fountains, balconies, pointed arches windows, porches, little columns and coats of arms were opportunely placed and the streets’ furniture concurs to forget that the more ancient construction is dated only hundred years.
In 1960’s the new medieval village would have become art city and the greatest pole for Piacenza’s tourism, attracting every year nearly 300,000 visitors


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  • paolo1955
    paolo1955over 5 years ago

    Bella composizione

  • Grazie, Paolo, era proprio carina con quelle tendine e quelle rose intorno… ;o)

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  • presbi
    presbiover 5 years ago

    Peccato che non c’eravamo!!! Sarà per l’anno prossimo. Sergio

  • Veramente peccato, siamo stati molto bene… La prossima potrebbe essere…. Orta, ;o) ad ottobre circa…. !

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  • Daniela Cifarelli
    Daniela Cifarelliover 5 years ago

    Mannaggia la pupazza! Ma è da togliere il respiro! Che meraviglia! BRAVA CLAUDIA! ;-) …PS:Ehi, quanti italiani su RB! Evviva!

  • Sei entusuastica nei tuoi commenti, Daniela! E’ un piacere leggerli, ti carica a mille l’autostima… ;o) – Grazie mille! Sì, siamo tanti italiani qui su RB quasi una “comunità parallela” ;o) – bacioni

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  • Daniela Cifarelli
    Daniela Cifarelliabout 5 years ago


    Just Featured in “I LOVE ITALY” Group – “ITALIAN WINDOWS” Series

  • SONO FUORI DI ME DALLA SORPRESA E DALLA GIOIA! BEN TRE FOTO FEATURATE CONTEMPORANEAMENTE! GRAZIE, GRAZIE, GRAZIE, DANIELA E IAIN! – I’M SO THRILLED FOR HAVING THREE SHOTS FEATURED AT THE SAME TIME IN THE SAME GROUP! THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, DANIELA AND IAIN FOR THIS GREAT HONOUR! HUGS. Claudia ;o)

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  • gingermegs
    gingermegsalmost 4 years ago

    Beautiful! Congratulations!!

  • Hello, Gingermegs, nice to meet you and many thanks for your lovely visit and so kind comment. Greetings. ;o)

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  • … and fav too! ;o)

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  • Debbie Robbins
    Debbie Robbinsover 3 years ago

    CONGRATULATIONS on your Wed. Feb. 16th FEATURE!

  • THANK YOU SO MUCH, COOKIE! I’M VERY HAPPY AND BEAUTIFULLY SURPRISED BY THESE FEATURES… WOW, THAT’S GREAT! – Many thanks for the fav too.. Cheers. Claudia ;o)

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  • Marjorie Wallace
    Marjorie Wallacealmost 3 years ago

    I think this would be perfect in our group Cottage Living

  • Thank you, Marjorie, for your invitation and fave too… I’m glad that you liked my images. I’ll enter in the Group. Cheers. ;o)

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  • Marjorie Wallace
    Marjorie Wallacealmost 3 years ago

    CONGRATULATIONS!! Your beautiful work has been featured 30 Oct 2011

  • THANK YOU A LOT, MARJORIE, FOR THIS BEAUTIFUL FEATURE! – Cheers, Claudia ;o)

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  • Pat Yager
    Pat Yageralmost 3 years ago

    What a delightful window with its’ lace, brickwork, and roses!

  • Hello, Pat, nice from you coming to leave so great comment! Thank you for fave too! ;o)

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