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ITALY: EMILIA-ROMAGNA: SORAGNA

  Region: Region Capital: Other Province Capitals: Other Important Cities:
8. Emilia-Romagna Bologna   Parma, Ferrara, Modena, Piacenza, Ravenna, Forlý, Reggio, Soragna

SORAGNA:  General Info || Synagogue ||  Jewish Museum 
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How to get there || About Soragna || Rocca di Soragna(1) , (2) 
|| Soragna on the Net


Province of Bologna

 

 

 

 

SORAGNA GENERAL INFO

Region: EMILIA ROMAGNA
Province code: PR
Zip code: 43019
Phone area code: 0524
Distance from PARMA 27 Km / 17 Miles
Elevation: 47 mt / 155 feet

SYNAGOGUE

Fausto Levi Synagogue and museum
Via Cavour 43
Tel: 0524-599-399
Open for visits only

JEWISH MUSEUM

Museo Ebraico Fausto Levi di Soragna
Via Cavour 43
Tel: 0524-599-399
Open: Sunday 10 AM - 12:30 PM, 3 PM - 6 PM
           Monday Closed
           Tuesday - Thursday 10 AM - 12:30 PM, 3 PM - 5 PM
           Friday 10 AM - 12:30 PM, 3 PM - 5 PM
           Open from March to October (except August)
La storia dell'olocausto dal 1933 al 1945 attraverso diversi percorsi di lettura: un percorso storico lineare dal 1933 al 1945, un percorso geografico, uno biografico, un altro per argomenti, uno per la resistenza ebraica, un archivio di documenti.

SORAGNA - HOW TO GET THERE

State Highway SS. 9 Emilia, to the west; at Ponte Taro, road north to Fontanellato, and then to Soragna, 28 Km. from Parma.
Tep extra-urban bus line Parma-Fontanellato-Soragna-Busseto.


1SORAGNA - AN IMPORTANT AGRICULTURAL 
  CENTER WITH ANCIENT ORIGINS

It is cited in a diploma of Liutprando from the year 712; in 1198 it became the property of the Lupi family. The oldest part of the town, with typical buildings radiating around the central "Voltone", dates from the 17th century. Near the grandiose Rocca are the city hall, 18th century with its wide arcades; the San Giacomo Parish Church, baroque in style with a solid square shape, built in the middle of the 1700s; the Church of San Rocco, from the second half of the 1600s with a fine main altar, baroque, ornate with beautiful inlays of precious marble; and the Jewish Synagogue, inaugurated in 1855, with the adjacent important Jewish Museum, gathering together, in seven sections, documents and objects of the Parma Jewish community from 1555 to WWII.

2ROCCA DI SORAGNA
Article 1:
The Soragna Rocca (fortress), just off the main street in the centre of town, is a square structure with four towers at its corners and one in the centre of the fašade, flanked by a wide moat on its south and east sides.
It was built about 1385 by the marquis Bonifacio and Antonio Lupi on licence from Duke Gian Galeazzo Visconti, and is still owned by the noble family of its founders, who, in 1347, were granted feudal privileges over the land, which they governed until Napoleon suppressed the aristocracy.

Transformed into a luxurious princely castle at the end of the 1600s, it was further modified in the 17th and 18th centuries by the Meli Lupi princes who still own it and who have opened the building to public visits.

A stone bridge, built in the 17th century to substitute the draw-bridge of the old fortress, leads into the arcaded courtyard of the Rocca, graced with statues of mythological and allegorical subjects.
On the ground floor is the Salone degli stucchi (hall of stuccoes) with frescoes by Ferdinando and Francesco Galli Bibiena, done in 1696; the grandiose Poets' Gallery, built in 1792, has busts of the great poets and frescoes illustrating their works.


On the upper floor are three interconnecting galleries decorated by the Bibienas illustrating the feats of the Meli Lupi family, and from here we enter the noble apartment consisting of a Throne room, a Gilded parlour and the Alcove, all complete with original furniture from the 1600s and 1700s.
Like every respectable castle, Soragna too has its ghost. She is known as "Donna Cenerina", so named for her ash-blonde hair. Her real name was Cassandra Marinoni, assassinated in 1573 by her brother-in-law Giulio Anguissola in a dispute over money. Legend narrates that the ghost appears every time a member of the Meli Lupi family dies.

Source: http://www.giuseppeverdi.it/ing/luoghi/soragnait2.htm 

ROCCA DI SORAGNA Article 2:
In 1033, the "Court of Soragna" was included among property held by the Obertengo family.
Later on (1347), after having been a territory of free allodium of the Lupi Marquises, it was passed on this same family in the form of a feudal investiture of imperial origins.
Thus it remained until the beginning of XIXth century, under the dominion of the same family which came to bear the name Meli Lupi.
In 1709 Emperor Joseph I granted them the title of Prince of the Sacred Roman Empire and of Soragna.
The family of the present Prince Meli Lupi, can boast of several illustrious characters who, throughout the centuries, proved themselves in many different fields.
The Rocca or Fortress of Soraga is cited as a most unique example of early Baroque: indeed, its rooms house the same furniture and fittings of the period, most of which were built and glided in Venice.
Of equal interest are the fresco and stucco decorations created by the hands of great artists such as the brothers Ferdinando and Francesco Galli Bibiena , and other no less important.
Painter such as Felice Boselli , known as "il Brescianino", Nicol˛ dell'Abate, Cesare Baglione and many other artists, sculptors and engravers are thoroughly represented by their many works on display.
The fortress and its grounds may be visited year-round ( Monday excluded, except for Monday afternoon reserved for group visits ).
 Source: http://www.wonderful-italy.it/abitare/hotels/soragna.htm

3SORAGNA ON THE NET