Beautiful Castles in Italy: the Rocca Viscontea – Castell’Arquato

In the Nord of Italy, one hour from Milan: CASTELL’ARQUATO.

Beautiful Castles in Italy- Castell'Arquato

In the valleys of Piacenza in Emilia Romagna, heading towards Castell’Arquato, you will find a beautiful medieval village dominated by the Rocca Viscontea of Castell’arquato.

Beautiful Castles in Italy- Castell'Arquato

Dating back to 1342, it stands guarding the valleys.

You can get lost in the narrow cobbled alleys, admiring walls and towers, among shops of local delicacies (ham and salami, cheese and homemade pasta) and restaurants.

Beautiful Castles in Italy- Castell'Arquato

Walking to reach the Piazza della Collegiata,  the beautiful medieval Church (1222 ) on the top of the hill,  you might even come across a romantic wedding (just celebrated) with the bride and groom who, like in a movie set, are posing in this fairytale atmosphere…

From the square, enter the Rocca entrance where you can also visit the multimedia museum on medieval life.

And, find out if you are going to go in the fall, because in September are always organized three days of shows and dinners in medieval style…  not to be missed!

Opening time in winter –  NOVEMBER – DECEMBER – JUANUARY – FEBRUARY

  • During the week from Tuesday to Friday it is possible to visit with guided tours at 10.30 – 14.30 – 16.00
  • Saturday, Sunday, holidays and Christmas, is open from 10.00 to 13.00 and from 14.00 to 17.00
  • Monday is closed.  Entrance: 5 €

Beautiful Castles in Italy: the Rocca Viscontea - Castell'Arquato

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Beautiful Castles in Italy: the Castello di Guarene

  • PIEMONTE (Nord of Italy)

The Castle of Guarene is an exclusive and unique place, a precious testimony of the Baroque in Piemonte, for seven centuries dominating the hills and the Langhe.

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It is an imposing three-storey building, which reaches 25 meters in height, surrounded by vast and elegant Italian gardens built in the first half of the eighteenth century.

About two hours from Milan, this Relais & Chateaux is full of works of art, having been an archive of memories and a museum of architecture, painting and decorative arts. The “Stanza del Vescovo“, the “Camera Azzurra”, the nineteenth-century frescoed vaults of the “Sala della Musica“, will take you on a journey through history, overlooking an Italian garden: the Labyrinth Garden.

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The castle also includes the Patron Chapel of St. Teresa with a wonderful dome and an elliptical plan.

All the bedrooms have been baptized with the names of historical figures and are full equipped for the best comfort.

And nearby you will find the famous Truffle of Alba!

CASTELLO DI GUARENE – Via Alessandro Roero, 2 – 12050 Guarene (CN) Italy – Tel: +39 0173 441332

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Beautiful Castles in Italy: The Castello di Velona

TUSCANY – middle ages

The Castello di Velona, is a UNESCO heritage site.
It is located in a privileged position, overlooking the wonderful Val d’Orcia, just minutes from the art treasures of Siena, Montalcino, Montepulciano and San Gimignano.

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The origins of the fort date back to the eleventh century, and the oldest part still visible today is the watchtower of the twelfth century, witness of the clashes between the Republic of Florence and that of Siena. The loggia dates back to the Renaissance period, when the manor was turned into a residential villa.

You can enjoy the best of  Tuscan cuisine and wines and relax in the thermal spa, while in the ancient cloister of the castle it will be possible to taste the best spirits.

TUSCANY – Montalcino – Strada Provinciale della Badia di Sant’Antimo, 53024 Castelnuovo dell’Abate  – Tel: +39 0577 839002 –