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As one travels the rural roads of the Pianura Padana, the Medieval profile of Castell’Arquato immediately charms and surprises.
The ancient sandstone and terra cotta homes seem almost to tumble down the mountainside, and nature fuses in the most lovely colors, of the tuff and brick lining the narrow cobblestone streets.
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Brick after brick, the arches and ramps lead to a small secret space atop a terrace made of fossil shells.
Castell'Arquato accessible tours disabled excursions, well preserved medieval town of Castell'Arquato is situated on a hilltop among the hills of the Val D'Arda about 15 kilometres west of Fidenza and to the west of Parma, in the western Emilia-Romagna region of north-central Italy.
Piacenza is north-west of here. Castell'Arquato is a very lovely and carefully restored town, with its roots in Roman times.
The town was very prosperous between the 10th and 13th centuries and much of what you see dates from this period. It is also listed as one of the most beautiful villages of Italy.
Castell'Arquato accessible tours disabled excursions has retained its original medieval appearance which, scholars say, is still what it was like in the 10th century.
The older section of the town is located at a higher altitude, on top of a rock and is now surrounded by the newer sections that have been built in the past years.
Castell'Arquato's location had made it strategically important in medieval times and very popular in recent years, when the town appeared in many movies.
Castell'Arquato accessible tours disabled excursions, is also famous for wine production, as it is located in the Piacenza hills area known for producing some of the best wines in Italy.
Rocca Viscontea or the Visconti Castle is one of the most visited locations in town. This castle was built over the remains of an already existing one and was the seat of the Visconti garrison.
The quadrangular building has four tall towers located at each angle, a keep and two separate entrances.
The castle is now home to the Medieval Museum of Castell'Arquato and much of the castle is still in its original conditions.
The Collegiate Church of Saint Mary was first built in the 8th century. However, after a massive earthquake it had to be completely rebuilt in the 12th .
The most noteworthy aspect of the church is its Romanesque paradise portico, dating back to the 14th century. The church's four apses and its 13th century cloister are also quite beautiful.
Within the church are several sculptures from the 12th century and beautiful frescoes.
Torrione Farnese is the Farnese Tower is a typical medieval military structure: although it is unclear when the tower was originally built, it is believed that it was earlier than the 16th century.
The large tower stands dominating the town and is connected by a tunnel to the Ducal Palace.
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