Castell’Arquato, in the province of Piacenza, is one of the towns in Italy that have best preserved their medieval profile.
Indeed, the Ghibelline and Guelf merlons of the Visconti fortress are still visible, even from far away – the former split into two tips, the latter flat, they are architectural details that symbolize the great conflicts that divided Italy between the 12th and the 14th centuries.
Castell’Arquato, of course, had its fair share of the contrasts that – in one of Italian history’s greatest paradoxes – actually contributed to making our country even more beautiful.
Alliances and wars between aristocratic dynasties – the Scotti and Visconti families, the Sforzas, and the houses of Bourbon and Savoy, not to mention the active role played by the Papal State, especially in the interest of the Farnese family – intertwined and built the history of this wonderful Emilia town, with its 8th-century Collegiate church, its beautiful 1292 Palazzo del Podestà and imposing Rocca Viscontea, built around the mid-1300s in the higher part of the city, to watch over the Arda Valley from a 224-meter-tall hill.
Enjoy this photographic portrait of Castell’Arquato, an “art city” awarded with the Touring Club Italiano’s Bandiera Arancione (“orange flag”), and one of “The most beautiful villages in Italy”.