Castell'Arquato

Italian holidays. Part 2

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Thanks to Ariel – Martin’s cousin – we had a chance to see places where we would not go on our own. In one of our previous posts I told you about Piacenza, Bobbio and St. Anna’s chapel that we visited on Saturday (28.09.2019). Here I continue about our trip on Sunday. Read more in the post.

Castell’Arquato

Castell'Arquato
Castell’Arquato

The first place we have visited was Castell’Arquato. It is a traditional medieval town that kept its appearance as it was back in the 10th century.

Castell'Arcuato
Castell’Arquato

The town is located in an important area of wine production – Colli Piacentini (Piacenza Hills). You can see wine yards from the castle.

Wineyards of Colli Piacentini (Piacenza Hills)
Wineyards of Colli Piacentini (Piacenza Hills)
Wineyards of Colli Piacentini (Piacenza Hills)
Wineyards of Colli Piacentini (Piacenza Hills)

Some scenes of the movie “Ladyhawke” were filmed in the old town of Castell’Arcuato.

View on the valley from the Castell'Arcuato
View on the valley from the Castell’Arcuato
A view on the valley from Castell'Arcuato
A view on the valley from Castell’Arcuato

When we arrived to the castle, it was clouded, but nevertheless crowded. The view on the valley is amazing.

Castell'Arcuato
Castell’Arcuato
A view from the Castell'Arcuato
A view from the Castell’Arcuato
Streets of the Castell'Arcuato
Streets of the Castell’Arcuato
Catell'Arcuato
Castell’Arcuato

We have spent some time there, just absorbing the medieval atmosphere and enjoying beautiful area, and then moved to the next destination.

Castle of Bardi

Castle of Bardi
Castle of Bardi

We liked Castell’Arcuato so much that we didn’t notice how time has passed. We planned to visit Castle of Bardi.

Ariel wanted to show us beautiful views on the way there. For this he chose a lacet road through the forest. The day was quickly changing to evening, and Ariel was in a hurry to show us something. This meant fast driving on a lacet road.

By the time we arrived my face was green, and I felt accordingly. Martin was not much better 😀 It was also cold, and the sun had already sat down. We managed to take just several pictures of the castle in the twilight, but it was enough to get us impressed.

The castle of Bardi looked gigantic. Ariel said it was possible to get in during the day. The view from there must be awesome.

We didn’t have a possibility to check the castle itself, so I guess we have a nice reason to come back one day 😉

Pizzighettone

Church of San Bassano and tthe Pizzighettone Castle
Church of San Bassano and tthe Pizzighettone Castle

After we took some pictures of the castle of Bardi, we came back to PIacenza area and went to a small town nearby called Pizzighettone.

By the time we arrived we felt much better, so we went for gelato 😊 It was quite chilly, but it is never too cold for delicious Italian ice-cream! We took some rest enjoying our desserts, and then went to take a look on the city.

Gelato
Gelato 🙂

We’ve seen som of the most popular places: the Church of San Bassano and tthe Pizzighettone Castle. It was already dark, so we just walked on the territory of the castle, and also across the river Po.

It was a nice place, and we would like to see it again during the day time.

Pizzighettone Castle
Pizzighettone Castle

Since it was already late, we finished our weekend tour there. After our walk we went home. It was a nice trip: the landscapes were amazing. We hope once the pandemic is over, we’ll manage to visit Ariel and see more of this beautiful area.

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