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Gropparello Castle - Fairy Tales Park

Via Roma 82/1, 29025 Gropparello, Italy
+39 0523 855814
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Nice experience

Very nice experience to try with kids, to have a magic moment into the period of middle... read more

Reviewed 24 November 2014
Andrea B
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Dolo, Italy
Tour In English

We made arrangements ahead of time for a tour in English. The guide was excellent! She knew the... read more

Reviewed 9 November 2014
Bigsister1
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Lexington, Kentucky
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The castle of Gropparello is an old yet perfectly preserved fortress, which was built like an aerie on the top of a rock peak. From its terraces and towers it is possible to enjoy a breath-taking view on the cliff around the walls. Here you can be wrapped up in a truly enchanting and magical atmosphere. The nature around the Castle, with its bright and far-reaching landscape, gives it an air of mystery, just like being immersed in the old fairy tale of Rapunzel in her tower. The property is articulated into the Castle, with its park and its rocky walkways , and the Masseria (Farmhouse), where the services are located (such as the Restaurant, the Rose Pavilion, and the salon Loggia dei Leoni) and where it is possible to enjoy its patrimony of antique rose gardens and fruit trees (especially grapes and quince trees). Masseria and Corte dell'Ulivo The different spaces of the Castle's park are all joined by a picturesque gravel path, linking the Masseria to the Castle. In case it is necessary to travel such length by car, it is possible to drive on the main road and enter directly through the Castle's gate. The open spaces, wide and articulated, enable us to create a trail where the various stops can mark the different moments of the ceremony. This is very important to create an event that is rich, dynamic and full of surprises. Our goal is to make your time pass by lightly and to make each moment bespoke and tailored to your wishes. The invitees can put themselves at ease, enjoying every corner of the Castle and fully participating to all the moments of the celebration - the cocktails, the wedding lunch, the cutting of the wedding cake, and the dance afterwards. It is possible to arrange a light aperitif with cocktails in the Castle, so to reserve a space for the starters, for which we usually offer the Padiglione delle Rose (the Roses Pavilion). The Wedding Lunch or Dinner can be provided in the Loggia dei Leoni, or in the Sala Rossa (the Red Hall), with its authentic mediaeval feel. All halls are equally charming at night. The Wedding Cake represents a central moment in the celebration. We particularly treasure it both in its aspect and quality (hence why we decided to offer the services of our in-house cake designer) and in the context of its presentation. The celebration ends with the dance. The best location for this is the Castle's stone hall, whose walls are perfect to be covered with coloured lights. If desired, the Castle has plenty of outdoor spaces for the bride and groom's photos: from the wilder, more romantic spots, such as the walkways around the castle walls, to the wonderful rose gardens, where nature and art are combined to create spots of pleasures and delight. The atmosphere can be enhanced by beautiful night lights, whether with coloured lights or with Roman torches. We also propose bespoke Tableaux Mariage, which we can customise by working with drawings, gold-foil or embossing, for the most stunning results. The Tableau can be customised around specific themes - whether the honeymoon, or the couple's love story, or referring any image that they feel represented by. It can be coloured or black and white, in pencil, ink or watercolour, with or without golden embroidering. It can look like a painting or like a comic book. If the couple does not have a clear idea we are more than happy to participate in the search for an idea they will be satisfied with, even preparing free drafts to choose from. The cake and the 'confettata' (the Italian tradition of a buffet with confetti, typical sugared almond candy) are an important part of the Wedding banquet. Recently cake design has become a more and more present trend in our culture, and of course we, too, have found ourselves under its spell! From our laboratory we can create simple or more elaborated cakes, which we take care in customising exclusively for each event.
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24 Nov 2014
“Nice experience”
9 Nov 2014
“Tour In English”
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Via Roma 82/1, 29025 Gropparello, Italy
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+39 0523 855814
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Reviewed 24 November 2014

Very nice experience to try with kids, to have a magic moment into the period of middle Ages. Recommendable the lunch into the canteen of the castle.

Thank Andrea B
Reviewed 9 November 2014

We made arrangements ahead of time for a tour in English. The guide was excellent! She knew the history and local stories very well.

Thank Bigsister1
Reviewed 10 August 2012

In the Food Valleys of Parma and Emilia Romagna is an ancient castle that still preserves the fascination of a medieval fortress and the fantasy of a fairy tale. Breathtaking views of gorges, rock cliffs, woods with unique plants and geological formations make it one...More

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