Location

Municipality of Pianello Val Tidone, 35 km from Piacenza

Opening period

From April to October

Description

Nestled in a rock, as defense of Tidone and Chiarone streams valleys, it is one of the most ancient and suggestive strongholds in Piacenza’s area, surrounded by 6 wall rows. Founded around 1.000 a.C., it is home to some bedrooms, where it is possible to overnight. The mastio (fortified tower) is composed by some connecting spaces, that lead to a small sixteenth-century loggia.

History

Built around 1.000 a.C., after many owner, the castle was given by Gian Galeazzo Visconti to Jacopo Dal Verme, the valiant winner of the battle where Alessandria fought against Florence. The stronghold has an irregular plant, whose only entrance is located in the castle’s North side and is accessible through a both.

Source: Associazione dei Castelli del Ducato di Parma e Piacenza – Link
Images courtesy of the Castelli del Ducato di Parma e Piacenza Photo Archive

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