Emilia Romagna Castles

Where it is

Pianello Val Tidone is a small town wedged in the hills, in the western area of the province.

Why visit it

A hilly center in the heart of an area where it's easy to meet nature, archeology, history, castles and stretches of vineyards. 

When to go and what to see

The hilly coolness makes it a summer resort, while the wine production is an attraction during autumn.

Don't miss

The Church of S. Maurizio, the Rocca dal Verme, now home to the city hall offices and the Archaeological Museum of Val Tidone are worth a visit.

On the table

The typical Piacenza cuisine finds here as strengths the PDO cured meats and meat dishes: picùla ad caval (minced horse meat cooked with vegetables) and cotechino (cooked salami).

Keeping fit

The associations, active in the area, offer trekking and MTB opportunities along the Tidone path.

Significant appointments

The season of fairs and festivals opens with the festival of Galeina Grisa (grey hen) at the end of April and continues until autumn. In August "Calici di Stelle" represents an important moment for food and wine tourism. In September, in addition to the patronal feast of San Maurizio, Pianello Frizzante event takes place as part of the Valtidone Wine Fest. In the second half of the year, some musical events are not to be missed: the Apennine Festival and the Val Tidone Festival which are held in various locations in the valley. 

In the surroundings

In the surrounding area, the mighty Rocca d'Olgisio and the remains of fortifications in the towns of Arcello, Castellaro, and Fontanese give the idea of ​​how once the territory was characterised as an important outpost for medieval noble families. 

Castles in the territory

Monuments in the territory

image from Rocca d'Olgisio

Rocca d'Olgisio

image from Cammino di San Colombano

Cammino di San Colombano