Read

LIFESTYLE, TRAVEL

Antica Corte Pallavicinarelais in Italy

The grand finale to our time in Italy was a visit to this Castle.  It’s like traveling back in time.  We were greeted at the front and whisked off for a tour…..amazing!

A bit of background ….

When our great-grandfather left the farm Piantador of Maestro Giuseppe Verdi came to the Court Pallavicino with his sons and went to rent as a hired man. It was really a great achievement! They all started to work this great farm out of fertile land in the glade around the palace with so much enthusiasm and with all that knowledge and experience gained in Piantador.

They raised pigs, chickens, turkeys, geese, ducks and silkworms. There were no cows, they planted the poplars, they made fascination and watermelons, wheat, melancholy, vegetables grew. In the winter they made the sausages according to ancient customs.

Then they took the road to clear the snow from the streets, invented the ferry on the Po towards the Cremona, and started to make cement blocks! And all this always around here and in the court where our father was born in 1916. And how could we let it crumble!

When we finally got to buy it in 1990, it was almost to be ruined! The only truly substantial restoration was in 1550, at the end of 1700 Maria Luigia Duchess of Parma, Piacenza and Guastalla (as well as Napoleon’s wife) set up her border guard, the “Dragons” to safeguard fluctuous fluvial traffic and lowering the towers of a plan.

Since 1850 the Court was divided into small houses and used by peasants, fishermen, carriers and artisans. No one had ever believed us, the Po had moved and had taken over it; it had remained inside the river, which flooded it periodically! And here we are. It seems like a dream, but it is true: it is done.

The unique wineries where the Marquess Pallavicino seasoned the sausages returned to fill with culatelli, the old cheese seasoning room has resumed its ancient function, the glacier and the prison are reminiscent of mud and the frescoes have returned to their splendor, the fireplaces burn poplar wood and on the first floor warm and comfortable rooms are ready to accommodate demanding guests.

Almost twenty years have passed, but in this place there are all the memories of our family and it is with this awareness that we treated it, restoring it slowly, as a mother would grow her newborn: gently and with a lot of attentions, involving all the artisans who are still masters of the ancient knowledge of the place, using bricks of the same age, poplar and oak wood of the same land!

But unfortunately, to enjoy this goal I am no longer mum and dad … who were so excited and involved in this project! Patience is said to be life. But it is not so, parents never forget! Maybe now, from above, they look at us and smile at us.

The gardens are full of custom sculptures

The dining area framed in glass provides a 360 degree view of the grounds and river.

The wooden “tags” are names of international chefs who reserve their Culatello.

This fireplace was built in the 1300’s

Grape skins are placed in large vats. The skins help flavor the hams.

This method of curing has been used for hundreds of years. There are only 8 farms in Italy allowed to cure these hams.

Suite Details……..there are 6 suites in the Castle.

www.anticacortepallavicinarelais.com for more information.

SaveSave

7 Comments

  1. Rosanna

    May 15, 2019 at 8:30 pm

    Hello,
    Thank you so much for taking time to comment. I use WordPress and they are wonderful. I appreciate you being a reader and showing support. Have a wonderful day!
    Rosanna

  2. Rosanna

    May 15, 2019 at 9:17 am

    Hello,
    Thank you so much for taking time to comment. I appreciate you being a reader and showing support. Have a wonderful day!
    Rosanna

  3. Rosanna

    May 11, 2019 at 5:12 pm

    Hello!
    Thank you very much! I hope you continue to enjoy. Have a wonderful weekend.
    Rosanna

  4. Rosanna

    May 11, 2019 at 4:21 pm

    Jared,
    Thank you for you kind words! I appreciate you taking the time to comment. Have a great weekend.
    Rosanna

  5. Rosanna

    May 9, 2019 at 5:56 pm

    Tatiana,
    THANK YOU! I am happy that you have enjoyed the article and I hope that you continue to find it helpful. Thank you for being a reader.
    Rosanna

  6. minecraft free download

    May 9, 2019 at 3:09 pm

    May I just say what a comfort to uncover an individual who really knows what they’re discussing on the web.
    You certainly know how to bring an issue to light and
    make it important. A lot more people must check this out
    and understand this side of the story. I was surprised that you’re not more popular because you definitely possess
    the gift.

  7. Rosanna

    May 9, 2019 at 9:26 am

    Krystyna,
    I am sorry to hear about the trouble. I appreciate the feedback and will look into a way to get the issue fixed. Thank you!
    Rosanna

Leave a Reply