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.
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.
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.
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.
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.