Canossa Castle

Canossa Castle: Hours, Address, Canossa Castle Reviews: 4/5

Canossa Castle
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Historic Sites • Castles
09:30 - 17:00
Tuesday
09:30 - 17:00
Wednesday
09:30 - 17:00
Thursday
09:30 - 17:00
Friday
09:30 - 17:00
Saturday
09:30 - 17:00
Sunday
09:30 - 17:00
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frenchi700
Derbyshire548 contributions
Historical treasure
Sep 2019
When we on our balsamic vinegar tour our guide talked about Canossa castle and the history of Matilda. We figured it was worth driving out to and taking a look.
We parked in the car park at the bottom of the hill and began climbing the steps. The view was beautiful and there was barely anyone around.
We purchased our tickets in a little shop across from the gates. We saw the statue of Matilda and then made our way further up the hill.
I know there isn't much left of the castle but it was beautiful to see. They are doing so much work on the hill to make sure it's all kept in good condition. Some areas were out of bounds due to the work they are doing. It wasn't until we left we realised people were hanging down and working on the rock on the hill to keep it stable.
There is a little museum at the top, not much of it is in english. There was a very sweet lady in there who couldn't speak english but we managed to get some of what she was saying.
We really enjoyed our visit and the views are just stunning.
Written 28 October 2019
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ford-ka-9-5
Warsaw, Poland341 contributions
Marvelous historical ruin
Aug 2018
The castle that you read about in history books has not been around for half a millenium so don't expect much, the views from the top of the hill, however, are magnificent. The place decidedly deserves a detour if you are somewhere near Parma but only history freaks will make it the main point of their journey. There is a small museum which explains (in Italian) its historical significance built on the spot where the early medieval castle once stood (the surviving ruins date from a later period).
Written 21 September 2018
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Umberto N
Reggio Emilia, Italy204 contributions
A duty
Nov 2016 • Couples
If you love history Canossa castle is a duty. On the top of a rock with a breathtaking landscape view on the Appenini ills. There lived Matilde the first qeen of Italy. It was middle age . She balanced the power between the Roman Pope and Emperor, Henry IV° from Germany (ancient Sassonia kingdom). That is the reason why Canossa it's so famous in Germany.
A few of materials but of high historical interest. It takes not more than 30 minutes . They are very well use. Go there and think on historical signs. It's suggestive also for our "modern" time
Written 12 November 2016
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Viridiana2012
Bologna, Italy715 contributions
Evocative
Apr 2016 • Friends
It had been a long time I wanted to visit the place as I had been always fascinated by the figure of Matilde, the noblewoman who owned the castle. It is situated on top of a rock, extremely evocative, it almost feels like of of the romantic ruins you find in Germany or the UK (the weather the day I visited helped to create this athmosphere as it was grey and a bit rainy). What is left is just one wall of the church of the complex. However it is worth walking up to the ruin because of the wonderful view and the little musuem where you can find a lot of interesting information about the noblewoman and the history of the period (1000-1100). The castle is open during weekends for sure. Maybe worth checking opening times for the other days. You can also do a guided tour.
Written 1 May 2016
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ning q
China4 contributions
Shall be restored to its original shape
Dec 2015
A great site worthy of warships from any people who have interest in medieval study and political science as well as tourism industry.
Written 27 December 2015
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Brun066
Florence, Italy10,124 contributions
The material evidences don't correspond to its historical importance. However, the site is very well run.
Nov 2013 • Friends
The castle stands in a dominant position on the hills of the Reggio nell'Emilia Apennines, in a landscape made ​​more dramatic by the presence of gullies (locally called "calanchi").
The history books, at least in Western Europe, narrate that in icy January 1077 AD, outdoors of this castle, Holy Roman Emperor Henry IV for three days humbled himself (bare feet, head covered with ashes, etc.), in order to obtain from Pope Gregory VII (present in the castle) the withdrawal of the excommunication that had struck him .
The castle was owned by the Countess Matilda of Tuscany, a member of a powerful feudal family who at the time ruled a large territory, that stretched from Lake Garda up to the northern Latium.
The humiliation of the Emperor was so impressed in the memory of his contemporaries, that since then in many languages ​​"go to Canossa" meant "to submit to the Pope", or in general, "humiliate himself in front of someone".
This dramatic episode doesn't correspond today to a well-preserved castle, but only to some ruins. However the location itself (as said) is impressive, and the historical imagination is aided by a small museum very effective in bringing the visitor at the time of the episode.
In addition, the ticket office sells a wide range of books about Middle Ages (not only in Italian) as well as some typical products of the surrounding countryside.
Overall, the site worth a detour.
Written 2 November 2013
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  • Tue - Sun 09:30 - 17:00