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instagramming grazzano visconti by norbert figueroa


’ve only been to few villages where I could say that as soon as I stepped in, I felt like I was taken back to its original time of glory. That was the case of Grazzano

Visconti. This is a spectacular medieval village located only 11km away from Piacenza. I mentioned it is a medieval village and what we see today truly looks authentic to the medieval times, but the truth is that Duke Giuseppe Visconti di Modrone created this village in the early 1900s. Still, there is a lot of history here since documents bear witness to the existence of a center inhabited as early the 1300s. In addition, the name Grazzano derives from “Graccus Graccianum�, the name of the thenproprietor of the surrounding

1884, when Countess Fanny, born Visconti and married to an Anguissola, lost her husband and only son, prompting her to leave her possessions to her brother Guido Visconti, of the line of the Milanese di Modrone Earldom. Thanks to the work of Duke Giuseppe Visconti the family arms returned to Grazzano, and the village grew from a castle in ruins surrounded by a handful of dilapidated barns and hovels to a neo-medieval-style village. Now, I want to show you the rest of the history and details through my spontaneous iPhone captures from this fascinating, hard-to-believe-it-exists village.

land. To give you a little background, towards the end of the 1400s, Gian Galeazzo Visconti (Lord of Milan), with an edict in Pavia, granted his illegitimate daughter Beatrice, the former wife to the nobleman Giovanni Anguissola



permission to build a castle. This castle proved to be the scene of many battles for various centuries, due to the feud of the Anguissola nobles. Above: The main square, known as Gian Galeazzo Visconti (also known as the Alfa) was family kept the castle until completed around 1915. Today, it is one of the most emblematic spaces of the village. This




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