The mystery of the amulet at Catajo Castle: interactive guided tour

Duration: approx. 1 hour and 30 minutes  Location: Battaglia Terme
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Why choose this experience?

1 To visit Catajo Castle in an original way, combining art, history, mysteries and legends
2 To experience a tour as protagonists and not just as spectators, thanks to its interactive format based on playing and shared storytelling
3 To get wrapped in the unique and evocative atmosphere of this elegant home of the past and discover its unresolved mysteries

Do not miss our guided tours at Castello del Castajo, events that are not-to-be-missed to explore this ancient dwelling in an engaging and interactive way!

If you are looking for original activities at the Castle of Catajo, visits or original itineraries that will lead you to discover the history and masterpieces of the building, but also the legends and mysteries in which it is wrapped ... We have what is right for you!

During our original visit to Catajo Castle, clues and secrets will take you from one hall to another to solve a mystery that is rooted in the assassination of Lucrezia Dondi dall’Orologio- wife of Pius Enea II Obizzi – which took place the night between November 15th and 16th 1654 - and extends to Archduke Francis Ferdinand, killed in the attack in Sarajevo, which was considered the main reason for the outbreak of the Great War.

How are these two characters so distant in time and space connected? What clues lie hidden in the sumptuous frescoed rooms of Catajo Castle? Your guide will give you a short track to start from and accompany you on an adventurous tour of Catajo Castle in Padua between art, history and legends... Get ready to find all the clues: the mystery of the amulet is waiting for you to be finally solved!

The plot

'I had finally decided to rearrange my attic. I took a day off on Sunday, but I had no idea that would have been the first day of a long journey '

Buried under hundreds of other papers and yellow documents, a journalist finds a parcel in his attic... it is very dusty and looks quite ancient. Intrigued, he opens it and finds an amulet with a black stone embedded in it, along with some documents that speak of two seemingly unrelated things: the murder of Archduke Francis Ferdinand in Sarajevo in 1914 (which started the First World War) and the Castle of Catajo, in the province of Padua.

'I could not understand any of those documents, so I decided to set off for the only place mentioned in those papers. I bought a ticket for Padua and went to Catajo Castle, determined to solve this mystery. I contacted a local guide and left.'

Are you ready to help the reporter try to solve the mystery during an original visit to Castello del Catajo? Legend or reality? The guide is waiting for you, the old documents are there for you to study... It is up to you to decipher the legend of Catajo Castle on Lucrezia Obizzi's assassination!

Deepening yourself into the meanders of Catajo Castle you will find clues to help you solve the intricate enigma of amulet: the experience is designed to give participants the opportunity to get to know the places visited not only as simple observers but as a true protagonists in a semi-interactive treasure hunt. You will be split into teams and each of you will become skilled investigators ready for anything to answer one single question: what happened to the amulet of Castello del Catajo Lucrezia Obizzi?

Catajo Castle

You might not know that at a short distance from Padua lies one of the most important Italian mansions, an elegant palace where history, mystery, art and colours will carry you into a magical dimension of times gone by...

The castle was built by the Obizzi family, ‘soldiers of fortune’ originally from Burgundy, who arrived in Italy in 1007 following the emperor Arrigo II. In the second half of the 16th century, Pius Enea I of the Obizzi decided to expand the maternal home building a palace that reflected the glory and prestige of the family. The new building was designed by Pio Enea, with the help of the architect Andrea Da Valle, and beautifully frescoed by Gian Battista Zelotti, a student from Verona. The pictorial cycle produced by Zelotti is one of the most complete and best preserved ones in northern Italy and represents the deeds of the Obizzi family in a self-aggrandizing guise.

In 1803 the last member of the Obizzi family left Catajo Castle to the heirs of the Casa d'Este: the Archdukes of Modena Francesco IV and Maria Beatrice of Savoy commissioned the northern wing, the so-called Castel Nuovo, to welcome the visiting Austrian imperial court. Their successor, Francis V, died childless and the castle passed into the hands of Francesco Ferdinando D'Asburgo, heir to the throne of Austria. After the First World War, Castle of Catajo was seized by the Italian government and auctioned after the 1929 crisis. It remained the property of the Dalla Francesca family until 2015 when it was purchased by the Cervellin family.

An elegant literary lounge crossed by intellectuals of the likes of Ludovico Ariosto and Sperone Speroni and a private residence that hosted noblemen and royals of half-Europe, Catajo Castle is a pearl of rare beauty, a finely preserved manor that fuels dreams of the splendour and glory of a lustrous past...


Do you want to take part in an original guided visit of Castello Catajo in Padua?

A new and engaging experience that turn you into the protagonists of an unparalleled adventure, a game of history, art and intrigue to solve an ancient mystery!

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Important info


Friday 10th November 2017.

Departure point:

at the reception desk next to the Castello del Catajo entrance door.

Departure time

8.45 pm

9.15 pm

Languages available



€35.00 per person

approx. 1 hour and 30 minutes
  • Guided tour
  • All materials necessary to complete the game
  • Admission ticket to Catajo Castle
  • Indoor parking area
  • Final cocktail
  • Quanto non specificato in "Il tour include"
Additional information:

Before booking, please be advised that it is compulsory to print a paper copy of the voucher issued at the end of the online reservation and bring it with you the day of the tour.

No credit or refunds will be given in the case of a NO SHOW (if you do not show up at the meeting point at the time specified on your voucher).

This is a collective tour, which means there might be other participants going on the tour with you, up to a maximum of 25 participants.

In exceptional cases and/or reasons of force majeure that may prevent the tour already purchased to run regularly (i.e. acts of nature, strikes, exceptional closures, serious unexpected events or health problems experienced by the person in charge with the service after which it is really impossible to find a substitute), the tour might be cancelled.The customer will be notified of this as soon as possible and will be asked to choose between postponing the tour on the first date available or get a prompt refund of the price paid for the tour.

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