the fortified village of Vigoleno is one of the most important historical monuments of the territory of Piacenza in Emilia Romagna.

 
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Vigoleno
The flavors of history in a glass of Vin Santo

Village of Vigoleno
Municipality of Vernasca
Province of Piacenza
Region Emilia Romagna

Inhabitants: 2.131 (20 in the village)
Altitude center: 420 m a.s.l.

The Municipality is part of:
I Borghi più belli d'Italia
Orange Flag - Italian Touring Club
Association for the Castles in the Duchy of Parma and Piacenza

Protected Natural Areas:
Stirone Regional River Park
Nature Reserve Geology of Piacenzano

Municipality of Vernasca
Via G. Sidoli 3 - 29010 Vernasca (PC)

The fortified village of Vigoleno is one of the most important historical monuments of the territory of Piacenza, both for the elegance of its forms that for exceptional integrity of the entire plant Castrense. Membership for five centuries, almost uninterrupted, to the noble family Scotti, has allowed the village to be among those best preserved. It is a combination of history and art but also of the gastronomic culture, where you can enjoy: salami DOP, tortelli, anolini, game, cheeses accompanied by DOC wines of the Colli piacentini. A real rarity DOC is represented by Vin Santo of Vigoleno, a Passito Wine of limited production kept in small wooden barrels for at least five years.

Given the strategic importance of the territory on the border with Parma, were assumed to defensive structures since the roman age. The existence of the fortifications of Vigoleno, however, is testified for the first time in the XII century, when the village churches protection to the commune of Piacenza. Further defensive additions were ordered in 1306 by Alberto Scotti, the merchant family Scotti of Piacenza. The town of Piacenza occupied following the site by destroying their defenses ricostruendole and after a short time. In the second half of the XIV century, the milanese family of the Visconti got the castle and then lose it and riottenerlo, thanks to a deception, during the war between the Duchy of Milan and Amedeo VI of Savoy. For order of Galeazzo Visconti castle was destroyed almost completely. The the Scotti family obtained the license to rebuild the castle in 1385 and lived in it for almost its entire history, until early 1900, when for economic reasons it was forced to sell it.

In the twenties and thirties of 1900, the castle became the property of Princess Mary Ruspoli-Gramont which invited in his residence extraordinary characters of the elite and the culture of the time such as Gabriele D Annunzio, Riccardo Bacchelli, the pianist Arthur Rubinstein and painters Max Ernst and Alexandre Jacovleff (which is responsible for the decoration of the theater of the castle). In the castle of private property and is currently used as a hotel, you can visit the noble floor, with the ancient halls and the Piccolo Teatro just 12 places.

The village, still today it is accessed for the same port that over the centuries has seen soldiers, ladies and knights. Passed the entrance, you enter the piazza with its center at the sixteenth-century fountain. Next to it rises the Donjon, mighty quadrangular tower which dominates the surrounding landscape. Located in front of the entrance of the castle there is the Oratory of the Madonna delle Grazie, elegant seventeenth century building, built on the ruins of an ancient hospitable for the faithful traveling along the Via Francigena. Going eastwards, you reach the Parish Church of San Giorgio. The Church, among the most suggestive examples of Paduan Romanesque, preserves in the facade the valuable lunette of Saint George killing the dragon. The stones with golden hues of the houses in the village, show sometimes remains of fossil shells that recall a time very far in which the whole area was covered by the waters of the sea.

Vigoleno is also included in the Regional Park of the Stirone and Piacenziano, a protected area that has significant elements of geological and naturalistic interest.

Next or present Events

  • Mechanical-Electronic Nativity scene
    From 25-12-2019
    To 27-01-2019
    Mechanical-Electronic Nativity scene
    Exhibitions

    Add to calendar 2019-12-25 2019-01-27 Europe/Rome Mechanical-Electronic Nativity scene Vigoleno

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  • San Giorgio
    25-04-2019
    San Giorgio
    Patronal parties

    Add to calendar 2019-04-25 2019-04-25 Europe/Rome San Giorgio Vigoleno

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  • Cantamaggio
    30-05-2019
    Cantamaggio
    Concerts

    Add to calendar 2019-05-30 2019-05-30 Europe/Rome Cantamaggio Songs and dances of the peasant tradition in Vernasca Vigoleno

    Songs and dances of the peasant tradition in Vernasca

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  • Wine Festival
    29-06-2019
    Wine Festival
    Festival

    Add to calendar 2019-06-29 2019-06-29 Europe/Rome Wine Festival Gear not competitive among the vineyards, with dances and gastronomy in the locality of Bacedasco Basso, just outside of the village of Vigoleno. Vigoleno

    Gear not competitive among the vineyards, with dances and gastronomy in the locality of Bacedasco Basso, just outside of the village of Vigoleno.

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  • Bascherdeis
    27-07-2019
    Bascherdeis
    Festival

    Add to calendar 2019-07-27 2019-07-27 Europe/Rome Bascherdeis International Festival of street artists in Vernasca, last weekend of July Vigoleno

    International Festival of street artists in Vernasca, last weekend of July

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  • Feast of potato
    15-09-2019
    Feast of potato
    Feasts

    Add to calendar 2019-09-15 2019-09-15 Europe/Rome Feast of potato in the locality of Vezzolacca Vigoleno

    in the locality of Vezzolacca

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Past Events

  • Vigoleno in Fermento - Beerinba
    From 14-10-2017
    To 15-10-2017
    Vigoleno in Fermento - Beerinba
    Festival

    1st Festival of Artisan beers and good wine

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  • The night of the brigands 2018
    02-06-2018
    The night of the brigands 2018
    Festival

    A moonlit walk that retraces the ancient paths that lead Vigoleno to Verna. Walking along the ridges and crossing the woods in the dark of the evening.

    From 21.30 to |

  • The Romantic Night
    21-06-2018
    The Romantic Night
    Festival

    From to |

  • Vigoleno party... with Anolino
    From 21-07-2018
    To 22-07-2018
    Vigoleno party... with Anolino
    Festival

    From 18.00 food stands with typical dishes

    From to |

  • Wonder Markets
    From 18-03-2018
    To 23-09-2018
    Wonder Markets
    Street markets

    The initiative stems from the willingness to propose to tourists and visitors of the village of Vigoleno works handmade by artists and creatives.
    The event will be: Sunday 18 March 2018-Sunday 1 April-Sunday 13 May-Saturday 2 June-Sunday 23 September

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Other Events

  • From March to October – handicrafts street markets.
  • June (Friday or saturday of full moon) - Night dei Briganti. Night walk with refreshment points and dances from Vigoleno in Vernasca.
  • last weekend of July - Bascherdeis. International Festival of street artists in Vernasca.July and August - Literature in the places of history. Readings of excerpts of the works of great authors.
  • first or second Saturday in August - Vin Santo Dinner. Dinner in the square of the village under the starry sky.

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Entering Vigoleno...
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The entrance to a house in Vigoleno
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Entering Vigoleno. The arch with the particular bear statue.
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On the towers of Vigoleno
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4.68 Kilometers from Vigoleno
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6.06 Kilometers from Vigoleno

Within the province

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4.81 Kilometers from Vigoleno
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40.84 Kilometers from Vigoleno
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6.06 Kilometers from Vigoleno
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By Luciana Francesca Rebonato
Saint George: the knight saint of Vigoleno’s church
In this article we discover together the story of Vigoleno, a beautiful Emilian village, and Saint George, its patron saint.
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Other destinations nearby

Castell'Arquato
Piacenza - 4.68 KM from Vigoleno
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Parma - 22.7 KM from Vigoleno
Compiano
Parma - 40.34 KM from Vigoleno
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Piacenza - 41.09 KM from Vigoleno

NOTE: distances are set as the crow flies.