• Salvatore Fuda

Welcome to a dream...What are the reasons to visit the Rocchetta Mattei

Updated: May 13, 2021

Rocchetta Mattei the enchanted castle, in the heart of the Bolognese Apennines a fortress built by the famous Cesare Mattei.

Rocchetta Mattei, photo by @albertoghizzipanizza, fonte

Who was Cesare Mattei

Cesare Mattei was born in Bologna (1809) from a wealthy family, he grew up in contact with some of the most important and significant personalities of the time such as Paolo Costa, Gioacchino Rossini and Marco Minghetti. In 1837 he was one of the 100 founders of the Cassa di Risparmio in Bologna. He received the title of Count in 1847 from Pope Pius IX, following a land donation in that of Comacchio. The death of his mother in 1844 proved him hard and also the disappointing political experience, linked to the complex Italian events of the two-year period 47-49, prompted him to leave Bologna and retire to the Vigorso estate to study his "new medicine". In 1850 he bought the land where the ruins of the medieval castle stood and began the construction of the "Rocchetta", personally directing the work, where he settled definitively starting from 1859, leading a life as a medieval lord with a lot of court. In the following years, he devoted his efforts to the study and popularization of alternative medicine which he baptized Electrohomeopathy. This practice ensured him worldwide fame, and following his death (1896), it was continued with mixed fortunes by the heirs until 1959. Precisely in that year, the Rocchetta was sold to the wife of a local trader Primo Stefanelli called "Il Mercantone ". The latter managed it as an attraction until it was abandoned in the 1980s. In 2005, the Cassa di Risparmio di Bologna (Carisbo) Foundation bought the castle and after a careful design study began its consolidation and undertook an extensive and faithful restoration that is currently still underway.

Around Bologna there are beauties and enchanting landscapes such as the Rocchetta Mattei located in Grizzana Morandi.

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