A castle-palace of medieval origin surrounded by a splendid Romantic landscape park laid out in 1833 replacing a pre-existent 18th-century formal garden, with centuries-old plants, statues, a pond, greenhouses and a “Café Haus”.

In the early 18th-century, the Meli Lupi family entrusted Giovanni Battista Bettoli with the creation of a great Italian garden with statues for their old medieval castle-palace that during the 16th and 17th century had been converted into a lavish residence. The garden was further extended in 1781 by Prince Guido. In 1833 his descendant Casimiro commissioned architect Luigi Voghera to transform the outdoor space into a landscape park, with meandering pathways winding their way between hills and tall-tree groves creating pleasantly interesting views. The layout includes a wide selection of species, including American black walnut, one of the largest in Europe, Japanese beech, ginkgo biloba, magnolia, chestnut, black locust, hazel and acacia, plus a considerable variety of flowers. At the centre of a small lake designed by Voghera is the “Isola dell’Amore”, an “island of love” with grottos decorated scenographic stalactites and stalagmites. A double ramp staircase with 18th-century statues representing the Nile, the Ganges and the Four Seasons connects the garden to the Rocca Meli Lupi building. At the far end of the park there are the Neoclassic Café Haus and a greenhouse with a luxuriant rose garden nearby. Also notable is the park’s selection of 18th-century Venetian statues.