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Art, history, culture, relaxation and shopping in and around Castell'Arquato

Castell'Arquato enjoys a strategic location in the heart of the Duke of Parma and Piacenza, a land renowned not only for its cultural heritage and culinary delights, but also for its rich nature and flourishing lanscapes. There are vast options for leisurely excursions in close proximity.

A visit to Castell'Arquato

Castell'Arquato's surrounding areas provide countless options for cultural excursions.
The main attraction is its medieval monuments and small museums - a witness to its long history.
The Monumental Piazza represents the three main pillars of power during the Middle Ages: the Collegiate Church represents spiritual power, the Visconti Fortress represents military power and the Palazzo del Podesta represents civil power. In the lower part of the village, the Farnese Tower and the Palace of Duke that can be visited with a guide upon request.
Castell'Arquato also offers a very interesting museum collection: Collegiate Museum, Geological Museum, a medieval building located in the Santo Spirito Hospital, the Castle Museum and the Luigi Illica Museum, adjacent Casa Illica.
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Castell'Arquato Castell'Arquato Collegiata: Santa Maria Assunta Museum Illica

Numerous day trip destinations from Castell'Arquato

For day trips, the Castles of the Duke of Parma and Piacenza, and the the fortified town of Vigoleno are only a few kilometers away on the road to Francigena. The abbey of Chiaravalle della Colomba, Vigolo Marchese with a Romanesque complex of major importance and, 400 meters above sea level, inland, is Velleia, the "Pompeii of the northern Italy", which is famous for its Roman ruins. These destinations are worth dedicating a entire day to: Parma, Piacenza, Cremona, Busseto, Bobbio.

Vigoleno Castle Velleia Romana Cathedral and Baptistery of Cremona Cathedral and Baptistery of Parma

The Opera season

In the land that gave birth to composer Giuseppe Verdi and poet Luigi Illica, the Verdi Festival takes place annually, with equisite performances during opera season at the Teatro Regio di Parma and Piacenza Municipal Theater. Opera lovers should not miss the opportunity to enjoy performances in the world's most famous amphitheater, Arena di Verona.

Premio Luigi Illica Castell'Arquato Teatro Regio di Parma Arena di Verona Teatro Verdi in Busseto

Food and wine tours

Several routes can be taken to discover the tastes and culinary excellence of this region that produces the world's most famous specialities, such as Parma ham, culatello Zibello, Parmigiano Reggiano, in addition to the wines of Colli Piacentini. The Castell'Arquato restaurants and taverns offer a unique opportunity to experience the local cuisine and to discover the hidden treasures found in these wine cellars. Other visits can be made to the historic cellar of the Old Court Pallavicina Parmense, dating back to 1320 where over 5000 culatelli hang over your head, waiting to be sent all over the world to clients like Prince Charles of Great Britain.

Culatelli in Old Court Pallavicina Parmense Wine tours Meats and Torta Fritta Parmigiano Reggiano

Relaxation, Sports and Shopping

The Salsomaggiore Terme Berzieri is a twenty minute drive from Castell'Arquato. The sumptuous Art Nouveau building alone is worth the trip, and is the perfect destination for relaxation.
From golf to horse riding, the area is rich in opportunities for those who want to practice a sport or simply spend some time on the green or with horse riding. The Golf Club of Castell'Arquato quote in 64 acres of land, 220 meters above sea level and just minutes from town, has 18 championship holes set in a green and winding valley. For those who love horse-riding, stables Castell'Arquato offer lessons in riding, but also horse riding nearby.
Castell'Arquato offers an outdoor clay tennis court.
For those who like to have a view from the sky, a private aircraft flying from Cremona offers 1 or 2 hours over the lakes of the Apennines, the villages and the countryside. Walking and cycling in the natural parks are not to be missed.
Shopping for those who wish to personal shoppers upon request.

Thermae Berzieri in Salsomaggiore Golf Club of Castell'Arquato Horse Riding Fidenza Outlet Village