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Castell’Arquato (PC)

A walk in the medieval village of Castell’Arquato will let you admire the enchanting panoramas and authentic pearls of medieval history, in an atmosphere suspended between past and present.

In the maze of cobbled streets, you cross that great Farnese tower, the Ducal Palace, the former Hospital of the Holy Spirit (now the seat of the Geological Museum) before arriving at the spectacular square where the three symbols of the city stand: the Church of the Collegiata, symbol of religious power, the Rocca Viscontea, symbol of military power, and the Palace of Podestà, symbol of political power. In addition to its magnificent monuments and the beautiful scenery on the Arda Valley, the village offers excellent wine tastings, numerous musical events and historical remembrance. Castell’Arquato is part of the Piacenzano Regional Park, a protected area rich in sedimentary outcroppings from 3.5 to 1.8 million years old.

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Vigoleno (PC)

A pretty little fortified village build on a limestone and sandstone outcrop, in a privileged position in the middle of hills, Vigoleno is dominated by the castle that belonged to the Visconti and then to Scotti from Piacenza before becoming the charming abode that it is today. There is also the Oratory of the Virgin of Graces and the ancient Pieve Saint Georges, shrouded in silence and contemplation.

Rocca di Vignola (MO)

Standing on its outcrop of the first hills of Modena, overlooking the Panaro Valley, the “Rocca” is among the most interesting examples of fortified architecture in Emilia. Standing on its dominant outcrop of the first hills of Modena, the Panaro Valley, the “Rocca” is among the most interesting examples of fortified architecture in Emilia.

Although it was mentioned in documents from the 12th century, it was under the domination of the Este family and the investiture of Uguccione Contrari that the castle became a refined manor house. Its imposing mass is softened inside thanks to the frescoes among which are those of the Chapel of Uguccione, an international Gothic jewel defined by the historian Carlo Arturo Quintavalle as “one of the most vivid and intense experiences among the Emilian works of the period” (A.C. Quintavalle, I freschi di Vignola e la pittura emiliana del primo Quattrocento, in "Arte Antica e Moderna", 1962)

Vigolo Marchese (PC)

A few kilometres away, the ancient baptistery of Vigolo Marchese, which flanks the Romanesque church dating from 1008 and the only vestige of a monastery that has disappeared, is worth the detour. The baptistery is older than the church and was probably a pagan temple in Roman times. It is one of the oldest examples of a circular plan building.


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