Rocca of Soragna
The building has a square plan, with four towers at the sides and a fifth at the center of the main facade, and is surrounded by a wide moat on the south-east sides: it was built in the 1385 by the Marquis Bonifacio and Antonio Lupi, under license Duke of Milan Gian Galeazzo Visconti. It had to undergo structural reconstructions in the 500, and in the following century - the original defensive systems disappeared - everything was finalized to the magnificent residence of the owner and his Court, thus achieving the current appearance.
Today a charming place where to organize charming events in the frame of a sumptuous historical residence of Emilia Romagna.
The history of the Rocca di Soragna
The Fortress was built in 1385 by the Marquises Bonifacio and Antonio Lupi who in the 1347 had had by Charles IV the feudal investiture on the territory, power that they exercised until the Napoleonic suppressions. It is probable that the first fort, with a square plan and with the four towers on the sides, would have been built for a year, while the outer wall was completed in the 1392. At that time the building appeared as a mighty fortress equipped with every defense against external attacks. With the passage of time and the consolidation of the Lordships, the fights between the feudal lords gradually became more rare and the castle could then refine its structures and become a pleasant and comfortable building, while also preserving its ancient structures. In fact, the castle underwent substantial structural restorations, especially in the sixteenth century, but it was only in the following century that it became a magnificent princely residence, an aspect that it still preserves today. Subsequent changes were brought by the Parmesan Angelo Rasori and from Piacenza Antonio Tomba respectively in the '700 and 800. La Rocca, enriched over time with innumerable works of art and priceless testimonies of the past, has always remained the property of the Meli Lupi family.
The history of the Meli Lupi family can not but start from the oldest of the lords of Soragna, the Marquis Guido Lupi, who was Podestà of Parma in the 1202, carrying out important pacifying actions in the nearby lands. The Wolves in ancient times, in all probability, built the castle and numerous forts in the area: we know, in fact, that in the 1318 the troops of the mayor in Parma destroyed a 'castle' of Albertazzo Lupi, guilty of having refused to pay a fine. Another fundamental step in the family's history was the transformation of Soragna's property into a fiefdom, which took place in 1347 by Charles IV of Bohemia, with the recognition of Marquis's titles for Ugolotto Lupi and his descendants, and the right to mere and mixed empire and podestà of sword on the feud. After long troubles due to the dispute over the legacy of the name and the property of the family, the Marquis Giampaolo Meli obtained in 1530 the right to add the surname of the Wolves to his surname, as well as the privilege of placing the imperial banner of the eagle in the coat of arms. Among the personalities who bestowed prestige and prestige on the Meli Lupi family is Isabella Pallavicino of Cortemaggiore, wife of Giampaolo II, a lady known above all for having obtained permission from the Duke of Ferrara to print an edition of the revised 'Gerusalemme Gerusalemme' and corrected by the same Tasso, still alive, who dedicated a sonnet to her that is still kept in the palace library.
In 1709 Giampaolo Maria obtained, from the emperor Giuseppe I, that the marquisate was raised to Principality of the Holy Roman Empire with the right to coin money. The title of Prince has since been brought by the eldest son of the family.
The current Prince Diofebo, in addition to its activity in the agricultural sector, continues to improve its activity in tourism and in the music field.