Reggio Emilia

Fortress of the Boiardo Family (Rocca dei Boiardo)

Edited by

Davide Mangolini


Other denominations

Rocca dei Bojardi e pertinenze/ Rocca dei Boiardo/ Rocca

D'Este's People

Niccolò III

Artists / Humanists

Giovan Battista Aleotti


The complex building history of the Scandiano Fortress  is traditionally linked to the noble Boiardi family who converted the fortress into a princely residence in the 15th and 16th centuries. However, it is with the passage of the fortress to the Thiene family that it can be seen the striking signs of a grander architectural project implemented under the direction of Giovan Battista Aleotti.

Aleotti’s unfinished extension is a decisive feature of the current appearance of the complex. The configuration of the fortress, initially centred around the inner courtyard, seems to expand along the southern side with a splendid façade punctuated by panels with large windows surmounted by triangular and circular tympanums, while a monumental portal opens in an off-centre position onto a bridge. The theme of the façade is repeated along the sides of the quadrangular north-western tower, set on a scarp base like the rest of the southern side, but surmounted by a protruding crowning that evokes the original forms of 14th-15th century corbels. The south-western corner, which includes the termination of the southern and eastern buildings and the corner tower, was only completed up to the level of the basement structures, testifying to a project of great ambition destined to remain unfinished.


Useful information


Piazza Boiardo




Reggio Emilia

Other addresses

via della Rocca

Visitability of the place

Open to visits





Included in the itineraries