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Grazzano Visconti, recent Middle Ages

It looks like perfectly medieval but it is not. Instead, Grazzano Visconti is the first theme park created for tourism purposes in the not-so-distant-past of 1900! It was then when Duke Giuseppe Visconti di Modrone (father of the film director Luchino Visconti who spent here his childhood) decided to construct a neo-medieval village around his castle. His main motivation was to preserve the original atmosphere of an Italian old-time village, that he was feared to be lost because of the industrialization. The ‘villagers’ were coming from neighborhood areas and were paid to continue their traditional professions. The first visitors belonged to the royal court and the Lombard high society.
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