In the northern part of Italy, built upon a gentle hill is where you will find the town of Castell’Arquato. In the old town center, the highest point in the town, there is a castle that affords some of the finest views of the surrounding countryside. Not too far from the castle is the charming Romanesque church of Santa Maria which dates back to the 12th century. The church too offers some of the most awe inspiring views.
Castell’Arquato, Emilia-Romagna, Italy by mat’s eye
The main street in Castell’Arquato is known as Via Dante and anyone visiting the town will have to make their way up the street if they plan on reaching the castle. On your way up, you will pass a number of nice restaurants and shops. After you have climbed halfway up the hill, you will come to the Palazzo del Duca whose fountain was built back in 1292. Near the Palazzo you will find a tower from the 16th century that dominates the skyline.
Once you get to the top and before you can ever make it to the castle, you will come to the Palazzo Pretorio and Piazza Municipio which dates back to the late 1200s. During the months of July and August, the Enoteca Communale offers music and free wine tasting on Thursday nights.
Castell’Arquato, Emilia-Romagna, Italy by Benjamin Claverie
The Rocca Viscontea di Castell’Arquato is the castle in the center of the town. It is a masterpiece to say the least. You can wander through the courtyards and even visit the fortress museum. However, if you want to see the surrounding countryside around Castell’Arquato, you will need to pay a small fee to climb the stairs to the top of the castle’s tower. But before you leave the town, make sure to stop and rest in the park just outside of the castle before making your way back down to the lower parts of Castell’Arquato.