The origin of the name of the village seems to derive from the Latin "Vicus Lyaeo", meaning "Village of Bacchus", irrefutable proof of the area's ancient wine-making tradition. It is here, in particular, that the age-old production of Vin Santo DOC dei Colli Piacentini takes place, carried out with commitment and passion by the winemakers of the "Associazione del Vin Santo di Vigoleno DOC", who proudly defend its primordial characteristics. A visit with tasting, to discover this extraordinary product and its history, in one of the association's cellars, is therefore an experience not to be missed.
The day ends with a dinner in a farmhouse, during which you will be able to appreciate the local products and typical dishes of the Piacenza area, such as the delicious Pisarei, accompanied by traditional wines.
The province of Piacenza is the only one in Italy to boast three PDO-certified cured meats: Coppa Tipica Piacentina DOP ("La Regina"), Pancetta Tipica Piacentina DOP ("La Castellana") and Salame Tipico Piacentino DOP ("Il Principe"). The first part of the following morning will be dedicated to these noble delicacies: there will be a guided tour of a local charcuterie factory, which will provide an insight into the production processes, followed by a lavish tasting session that is sure to tempt every palate.
A few steps from the salumificio, we arrive at the last stop on the tour: Castell'Arquato, a magnificent medieval village perched on a hill and dominating the valley. It too has recently become one of the most beautiful villages in Italy, and for its beauty and enormous scenic impact has been chosen for several film productions, including the famous film "Lady Hawke". It will be a visit full of history, suggestions and magic, culminating with a visit to the Rocca Viscontea, whose history is enriched by the legend of the love of Laura and the brave Sergio, tried and beheaded after an attempt to escape. It is said that their ghosts still roam the rooms of the Rocca.