Photos courtesy of Castello di Compiano
1 standard single room;
7 standard double rooms, including a triple and a quad;
2 superior double rooms;
Single room: 85 euros
Double rooms: 150 euros
Superior double rooms: 170 euros
Suites: 190–200 euros
Rates include breakfast, tax, and service.
Open: all year; restaurant closed on Tuesday
Compiano is between Parma and La Spezia. From the A15 highway, take the Borgotaro exit and continue on SP4 for 14 km (about 20 minutes).
The nearest train station is at Borgotaro.
Onsite: 3 museums
Nearby: horseback riding; bicycling
Yes, both civil and religious. Consacrated chapel on site.
As you wind up in the hills above the Val di Taro, between passes that link the regions of Emilia, Tuscany, and Liguria, it’s easy to see why a huge fortress exists here. And when you reach the top, you’re rewarded with 360º views of the beautiful Italian landscape. All is quiet and peaceful, and even the tiny village of Compiano below seems to slumber in another century.
Half of the castle is given over to its museum side, while the other half hosts guests, corporate meetings, and weddings. Hospitality here is warm and caring.
Guest rooms vary between the petite and the large, and all are quite cozy. Furnished in a simple yet classic style, many are accented by a singular antique. One room still retains its original 17th-century ceiling. Rooms bear names such as Farnese, Fieschi, and Bourbon. A small antique door opens up onto the Grimaldi room.
A home-made breakfast is served buffet style, while the Al Panigaccio restaurant features well-prepared local specialties.
Wi-Fi is free and in public areas.
Three museums: the Raimondi Gambarotta Marchioness Museum, the Masonic Museum (unique in Italy); Food and Wine Museum. Available by guided tours.