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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Bistrot with views in the Villa Medici (Rome)

  • ROME

Above Piazza di Spagna, in Viale della Trinità dei Monti 1, you can not miss a visit to Villa Medici and its gardens, considered among the most beautiful in the world!

Bistrot with views in the Villa Medici (Rome)

The Villa Medici always frequented by artists and art historians, since 1803 is the headquarters of the French Academy in Rome.

Bistrot with views in the Villa Medici (Rome)

You will enjoy one of the most beautiful views of Rome…

Bistrot with views in the Villa Medici (Rome)

Inside the Villa Medici, I suggest you stop by COLBERT, a restaurant and bistrot, located in the Galleria del Duca Ferdinando dé Medici.
Roman cuisine but with a French touch, trés chic and with a spectacular view!

The average price is around 25/30 euros. 

  • Closed on Monday- Opening hours: 10.00am-7.00pm
  • Reservations: +39 3311230260
  • Viale della Trinità dei Monti 1 (above Piazza di Spagna)

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Few people know about the possibility of requesting free invitations for the Papal Audience directly to the Prefecture of the Vatican.

It is a wonderful mystical experience!

The invitation is reserved to some areas where you can sit ( without assigned places), very close to the Holy Father!


In St. Peter’s Square every Wednesday at 10.00 am (when the Holy Father is in Rome) you can attend the Papal Audience, by invitation only.


To get the FREE INVITATIONS simply download the application form, and forward it by fax duly completed.

  1. At this address: PREFETTURA DELLA CASA PONTIFICIA – 00120 – Città del Vaticano
  2. This is the FAX NUMBER: +39 06 6988 5863                                                                               
  3. This is the list to complete for the request:
  • Date of General Audience or Liturgical Celebration
  • Number of tickets required
  • Name / Group
  • Mailing address
  • Telephone and fax

It’s simpler than you think!


Tickets of the AUDIENCES (all free of charge) must be collected at 
the appropriate Office set up at the Bronze Door of the Apostolic 
Palace (Piazza San Pietro, Colonnade on the right) starting from the 
Tuesday preceding the chosen Audience from 3.00 pm to 7.00 pm or the very morning of the Audience from 7.30
Tickets of the CERIMONIES (completely free) must be collected at the Pontifical Swiss Guards' post at the Bronze Gate (Piazza San Pietro, Colonnade on the right) starting from the day before the ceremony 
from 9.00 to 19.00.



Important Notice:

All requests for tickets to participate in the celebrations of 
December 24th, December 31st and January 1st 2019 that will be 
received by this Office after December 1st, will not be taken into 


Special opportunity for the couple to attend every Wednesday Audience with the Holy Father, dressed as bride and groom, and receive the Holy Sacrament.
You need to bring your documents. Will also receive a nice souvenir from the Holy Father.
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