of Soragna, open to the public, is a massive structure that
still today is of irresistible suggestion. Entrance to the castle is by a masonry bridge,
and one of the first rooms one can have access to is the beautiful Room of Grotesque
paintings with frescoes by Cesare Baglione.
After crossing the colonnade there is a corridor containing show-cases
with archeological finds, historical documents, arms and various antique objects.
From here there is an access to the Rooms of Arms containing beautiful halberds, rifles,
swords, helmets, sabres and even a magnificent cannon from the XVII century.
Following the itinerary, we pass into some splendid rooms, among which the Bocchirale,
and the room of Modern Billiards dedicated to hunting trophies.
In the Red room, together with six oval landscapes by Brescianino,
we find the portraits of Giampaolo Meli Lupi and his wife Ottavia Rossi, both of whom
contributed to give the castle today's aspect. Continuing through the itinerary, we
find the room of Old Billiards with family portraits, among which the painting
famous Donna Cenerina, the famous ghost of the castle.
The long and suggestive Poets' Gallery gives way to a small
balcony overlooking the lake. One cannot miss the Chapel of Santa Croce, built
at the beginnig of the XVII century as an oratory and family tomb.
The magificent staircase designed by Draghi takes us to the
first floor where we find a gallery, through which there is access to the private
archives and to the library.
From the Room of the Strong Women we pass into the Room of the Throne,lined with brocade
and velvet and with a Baroque canopy which overlangs the throne.
The bridal room, filled with engrovings plated with pure gold
(a material abounding in these rooms) contains two magnificent XVII century mirrors
from Murano, and is still furnished with bedspreads and curtains of age.
From here we have access to a small sitting-room with walls completely covered with
golden engrovings; the floor, with marble inlays representing the heraldic stem of
the Meli Lupi, is a magnificent example of the triumph of the early Baroque.
Around the castle there is a beautiful shady park .
of Soragna still own the castle, today it is in fact the splendid home
of H.M. Prince Diofebo Meli Lupi..