From its position on that sheer outcrop of red jasper, the rocca or fort, looms imperiously over the burgh and valley below. With its sturdy curtain wall, embattled parapet-walks, guard towers, and castle keep, the fort is a fine example of medieval siege architecture (13th – 14th century), though what we see today is the result of layered modifications applied over the centuries.
The interiors are arranged around a broad outer bailey, or central court, which is accessed via the gate house. The residential section houses the Museo della civiltà valligiana, a small museum with tools and articles of daily local use dating back to 19th and early 20th century.
The main hall is bordered on the north and west sides by a series of intercommunicating rooms known as the Princess’ Halls, which have retained some of the late Gothic coffered ceilings, grotesques and grisailles wall paintings executed in mid-16th century. From one of these rooms it is possible to descend in the Womens garden, a hanging garden added at a later date.
From the well courtyard is the access to the granaries and the stalwart keep, the original nucleus of the fort, later turned into a prison. In the 16th century arcaded courtyard stand the remains of the little chapel installed by the Landi princes. The artillery fortification, commissioned by Manfredo Landi il Magnifico in the 15th century, recently restored, is now available for visits.
The castle is accessible for disabled people only partially or accompanied by a guardian. Pets are allowed.