G.Cortesi Geological Museum - What to see in Castell'Arquato - Castles, churches, monuments and museums - 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.
 
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G.Cortesi Geological Museum

What to see in Castell'Arquato, Piacenza

The sixteenth-century building of the hospitable Holy Spirit, already in the medieval era the resting place for pilgrims traveling to Rome, houses in its spacious rooms the seat of the "G.Cortesi" Geological Museum. Known internationally for preserving the abundant fossil fauna of the layer type of"Piacenziano" (land of marine origin aged between 3.5 and 2.5 million years ago), the museum gathers today different collections that allow to follow the evolutionary history of the Po Valley basin, from when the area was completely occupied by the sea until the appearance of man. Among the finds include the molluscs local fossils (over a thousand exposed), but above all the magnificent remains of blue whales and dolphins discovered on the slopes calanchive that surround the ancient medieval village of Castell'Arquato. The central hall of the museum is entirely dedicated to the great remains of cetaceans in which stands out a rare fossil skull rorqual and several specimens of odontoceti. In the adjacent room is exposed a series of finds of the Po Valley basin Quaternary, between which a skull rhinoceros and some skeletal parts bear.

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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)
0.06 Kilometers from G.Cortesi Geological Museum
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)
0.10 Kilometers from G.Cortesi Geological Museum
Visconti Fortress
Visconti Fortress
Built on the initiative of the city of Piacenza in 1342, the Visconti's Fortress of Castell'Arquato was reinforced and completed by Luchino Visconti in 1347.
Piazza Municipio, Castell\'Arquato (PC)
0.10 Kilometers from G.Cortesi Geological Museum
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)
4.66 Kilometers from G.Cortesi Geological Museum
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)
4.68 Kilometers from G.Cortesi Geological Museum
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)
4.68 Kilometers from G.Cortesi Geological Museum
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)
4.69 Kilometers from G.Cortesi Geological Museum
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)
24.31 Kilometers from G.Cortesi Geological Museum
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)
24.58 Kilometers from G.Cortesi Geological Museum

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