Numerous day trip destinations from Castell’Arquato

For a day trip, only a few miles away from Castell’Arquato, the nearest fortress of the 26 Castles of the Duke of Parma and Piacenza, is the Visconti mansion in the marvelous small fortified picturesque little town of Vigoleno, a perfect example of medieval architecture with tuscan influences in its style. On the way back or another day  you may like to stop at the Cisternian abbey and monastery of Chiaravalle  along the ancient via Emilia, probably built before the half of the 12th century. Other half-day trips nearby to Vigolo Marchese with a Romanesque complex of major importance, Veleja, the “Pompeii of the northern Italy”, which is famous for its Roman ruins.

Destinations like Parma, Cremona, Busseto, the home town of composer Giuseppe Verdi are definitely worth dedicating an entire day.

ART & CULTURE

Parma, Cremona, Fontanellato: an artistic heritage that testifies a centuries-old culture and history.

Parma, about 20 miles away from Castell’Arquato, has a rich art and cultural heritage. Besides its delightful streetscape and historical centre, Parma is quite appropriate for whose heart beats for opera and drama, and would like to visit  the Regio Theatre, opened in 1829 by Marie Louise of Austria.

The massive building of the Palazzo della Pilotta is home to the Palatina library, the archeological museum and the Galleria Nazionale, one of Italy’s most important and largest art galleries with paintings by some of Europe’s finest artists and a section on Parma and Emilian painters, including the Renaissance’s artists Correggio and Parmigianino.

A huge double staircase leads up to the amazing 3000 seat Teatro Farnese. Made entirely of wood it is the first permanent proscenium theatre and of the world’s most innovative theatre designs.

A spectacular Piazza Duomo : the Duomo of sober medieval design with ceilings and walls covered by frescoes and the magnificent octagonal medieval Baptistery, one of Parma’s most notable architectural gem.

Fontanellato located in the former Duchy of Parma and Piacenza, consecrated the genius of the young artist, the Parmigianino, commissioned to fresco a room which dark and hidden away which has since become a masterpiece in the history of Italian art.
Antonio Stradivari’s hometown Cremona is not only famous for its luthier’s know how recognized as World Heritage by UNESCO and for its brandnew Violin Museum but also as the birth place of Claudio Monteverdi and Amilcare Ponchielli, to whom is dedicated the elegant theatre with four orders of stages. In the heart of the town, the monumental complex of Piazza del Comune is the most important Italian samples of medieval town-planning.

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