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What to see in Castell'Arquato, Piacenza

Built on the initiative of the city of Piacenza in 1342, the Fortress was reinforced and completed by Luchino Visconti in 1347. This is a massive brick building, purely defensive, in dominant position strategically over the surrounding valley. Moreover, the high tower towering over the square of the village was the double function of defense against external enemies and control over the inhabitants. The fortress, located on the site where once stood a Roman military settlement (called Castrum Quadratum), has a shape unusual. The structure is surrounded by a double order of walls: the lowest, that is also wider, covers two levels where habitually resided soldiers and where, in the event of danger, you could escape to citizens; the walls higher, perpendicular to each other, was reserved to the command of the garrison. The high tower, excellent observation point, was built for defensive purposes and military and it never became a noble residence. In the XIX and XX century, until the 1960s, the fortress was used as a prison. In 1985 in Castell'Arquato were shot many scenes from the film "Ladyhawke" with Michelle Pfeiffer, Rutger Hauer and Mattew Broderick. Therein is housed the Museum of Medieval Life", which shows the techniques of siege, the history of the country and the techniques of fortification.

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The collegiate church of Santa Maria Assunta
The collegiate church of Santa Maria Assunta
The current Collegiate Church of Santa Maria Assunta of Castell'Arquato was finished in 1122.
Piazza don Enrico Cagnoni, Castell\'Arquato (PC)
0.05 Kilometers from Visconti Fortress
G.Cortesi Geological Museum
G.Cortesi Geological Museum
Known internationally, the G.Cortesi Geological Museum of Castell'Arquato collects different collections that allow to follow the evolutionary history of the basin of the Po Valley.
Via Sforza Caolzio, 57, Castell\'Arquato (PC)
0.10 Kilometers from Visconti Fortress
Luigi Illica Museum
Luigi Illica Museum
Luigi Illica, born in Castell'Arquato, was one of the exponents of the "Scapigliatura Milanese", as well as one of the main librettists of the epoch after Verdi. He worked for Giacomo Puccini, Alfredo Catalani, Umberto Giordano and Pietro Mascagni.
Scalinata Della Riva, 47, Castell\'Arquato (PC)
0.14 Kilometers from Visconti Fortress
Museum of the Orsanti
Museum of the Orsanti
Museum of the Orsanti del borgo of Vigoleno, in Emilia Romagna, collects testimonies of the life of the Orsanti
Via Libertà, Castello di Vigoleno, Vernasca (PC)
4.60 Kilometers from Visconti Fortress
Museum of the Donjon
Museum of the Donjon
the Donjon was the extreme defense of the fortress of Vigoleno, in Emilia Romagna.
Via Libertà, Castello di Vigoleno, Vernasca (PC)
4.62 Kilometers from Visconti Fortress
The Oratory of the Madonna delle Grazie
The Oratory of the Madonna delle Grazie
The Oratory of the Madonna delle Grazie is an elegant building from the beginning of the Seventeenth century the village of Vigoleno, in Emilia Romagna.
Via Libertà, Castello di Vigoleno, Vernasca (PC)
4.62 Kilometers from Visconti Fortress
The Romanesque Pieve di San Giorgio
The Romanesque Pieve di San Giorgio
The Romanesque Pieve di San Giorgio of the village of Vigoleno in Emilia Romagna is the most representative of the Piacentine territory.
Via Libertà, Castello di Vigoleno, Vernasca (PC)
4.63 Kilometers from Visconti Fortress
Rocca Sanvitale
Rocca Sanvitale
The Rocca Sanvitale, also known as Fontanellato Castle, is a manor house from the medieval entirely surrounded by a moat full of water of resurgence.
Piazza Matteotti, 1, Fontanellato (PR)
24.36 Kilometers from Visconti Fortress
The Sanctuary of the Blessed Virgin of the Holy Rosary
The Sanctuary of the Blessed Virgin of the Holy Rosary
Already in 1628 it was associated with the Madonna di Fontanellato the first miracle; the subsequent plague of 1630 regarded the village of Fontanellato only marginally, increasing among the faithful the supernatural fame of Our Lady of the Rosary.
Via IV Novembre, 19, Fontanellato (PR)
24.63 Kilometers from Visconti Fortress

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