Rocca Viscontea di Castell'Arquato, Castell'Arquato

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  • With the ticket bought at the geological Museum, we also visited the fortress of the Visconti. We started the path starting from the outside: as mentioned by other people who have visited before, the garden has not looked after, with weeds and dried plants. It is dangerous to go down too as the fence is broken in some points and the path is uneven. We entered the fortress: a long staircase until you reach the top. Fortunately you can "rest" scouring the small rooms that are on every floor. Recommend caution up the ends of the stairs: wooden occurs in some places creaks frightfully and presents very high tread. Coming on top of, the surrounding landscape repays the effort of the climb.
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  • I visited the rock towards the end of July and I have to say it was well worth it, but I was amazed by the little care with which it is held. The panorama that opens up going up to the top of the tower is really magnificent, even while climbing there are room with descriptive panels and vintage items all very interesting looking. The problem is that climbing the stairs (wooden) planks are unshackled and therefore dangerous to walk on and at the top of the tower you have to be careful not to touch anything or you Maryam taking some disease because of the many pigeon droppings that are there. Also out of the Tower, at the moat, reign supreme weeds. It is a place with many tourist potential and I'm shaking my heart to see him so left to himself, I hope that in the future we can solve these problems. Anyway I highly recommend visiting it (the ticket price is not exaggerated and the view from the tower is worth), but be careful where you put your feet!
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  • La Rocca viscounty of Castell'Arquato is surrounded by a spectacular landscape, quaint and fable. I wish it was more publicized and a bit cleaner and handled, also a guide in addition wouldn't hurt and a warmest welcome to tourists would do only good. Everything is wonderful, just needs to be a little more hyped and seasoned with a warmest welcome. Castell'Arquato is unique.
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  • Entrance for tower is 5€. Place is beautiful!
  • Really nice post. Pleasant to walk. Medieval village intact. Better to buy a combined ticket for access to various museums. Excellent cuisine. Recommended
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  • Really nice village. Pleasant walk along the trail. Useful buying ticket to gain access to all the museums. The village is intact and without the presence of cars, with people dressed in theme, is a throwback. Highly recommended
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  • Gorgeous Visconti Fortress in the village of Castell'Arquato is a Catell'Arquato art village of rare beauty pervaded the atmosphere of another era. Has low brick row houses and cobbled narrow streets that lead to the top of the Hill, where the large monumental square that looks amazing find in a place like this, in this Arda which fades from one side to the via Emilia and the Po Valley, the other towards the hills of Vernasca (and the Apennines) with the village-jewel di Vigoleno. The monumental part is very rich. La rocca Viscontea, commissioned by the city of Piacenza and erected by Luchino Visconti between 1342 and 1349, is one of the most remarkable military factories in Northern Italy. Has an L shape with the belt less than walls overlooking the square. In addition to the exterior walls remain today the four defensive towers, of which only the Eastern one is intact. Out of the entire complex dominates the bulk of Dungeon, it's worth the climb for the beautiful landscape and the medieval Museum that is set up. In the square there remains fascinated from the apse of the collegiate group, one of the oldest churches in the territory, which already existed in 756 with baptismal parish, rebuilt after the earthquake of 1117 and consecrated in 1122. The stone baptismal font dates back to the 7th-8th century, while the splayed doorway, carved lintel and bezel are from the 12th century. On the left side of the Church porch runs three-fifteenth-century said "Heaven" because it houses the graves of famous people. The most fascinating is the volumetric game of four apses versus gable roof of the Church and the square bell tower. The 1292 is the palazzo del Podestà, built on the north side of the square. The most ancient is the rectangular Tower, which from the fifteenth successive bodies have been added, such as the Loggia dei Notari. Gives harmony to the mole of the façade the external staircase with railing in the 15th century. Particular is the pentagonal tower, already present in the original project. This combination and stratification of sti does not detract from the charm of the building. See, also, in the District of Monteguzzo il Torrione Farnese, built around 1530 and unfinished, it seems, for the death of the Duke Bosio Sforza. Built entirely in brick, was part of the defensive system of the village with military functions, though overall has a certain grace that makes it attractive and mysterious, because of the secret passages that you dream about. Secret passages that were to lead in open countryside or at palazzo del Duca, name that takes in the seventeenth century the courthouse built in 1292. The same period the fountain of Duke, still in operation and until the last century used as a public washhouse. The XVI century is the Hospital of Santo Spirito, which houses the geological Museum. Not far from the Museum dedicated to Puccini's librettist Illica, was born and lived here. The sturdy walls built in 1342 by Duke Azzo Visconti today remain only two of the four primitive gateways, a much modified in the 17th century, the other-the stone gate-native to the Visconti era. Now we have to get lost in the weave of alleys and streets that make it so enjoyable stroll through Castell'Arquato.
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  • Beautiful Rocca Viscontea well maintained. From the top of the tower you can enjoy a beautiful view of the plain and the surrounding hills
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