The Rocchetta Mattei rises in the green of the Tuscan-Emilian Apennines, along the road between Bologna and Porretta Terme.
Built in the 19th century by Count Cesare Mattei on the remains of an ancient medieval castle of Matilde di Canossa, it is characterised by an eclectic style that blends Gothic-medieval and Moorish influences to create a building, which is curious-looking and truly unique. Among the most evocative environments of note are certainly the Courtyard of Lions (Cortile dei Leoni), which is a reproduction of the Courtyard of the Alhambra in Granada, and the chapel, which is an imitation of the Cathedral of Cordova.
According to the Count's intentions, the Rocchetta was to be the cradle of his invention, Electro-Homeopathy, a form of alternative medicine, which was proposed to cure any disease, through the use of natural herbs and a secret method of preparation. The reputation of Electro-Homeopathy was such that even Dostoevskji, in “The Brothers Karamàzov (I fratelli Karamàzov)”, underlines its notoriety when he makes the devil tell to have managed to heal from terrible rheumatisms thanks to a book and to the drops of Count Mattei.
Telephone: + 39 051 6730335; + 39 051 6730311
|Full price||€ 10|
|Reduced price||€ 5|
Rocchetta Mattei is part of Card Cultura of Bologna.
|Saturday||Winter: 10:00am-3:00pm / Summer: 9:30am-1:00pm and 3:00pm-5:30pm|
|Sunday and holidays||Winter: 10:00am-3:00pm / Summer: 9:30am-1:00pm and 3:00pm-5:30pm|