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Castles of the Nure and Chero Valleys

The castles that are such a characteristic part of the artistic and cultural landscape of the Nure and Chero valleys, and which at one time formed a dense defensive network, remind us of a past marked by bloody conflicts between the local families. Today most of the castles in the Nure and Chero valleys are private homes. Nevertheless, it is still worth planning a trip to discover them as many are interesting architecturally and are situated in panoramic postions from which you can admire all the beauty of the countryside.
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  • Rocca of San Giorgio
    Rocca or fortress of San Giorgio at San Giorgio Piacentino
    The Rocca or fortress of San Giorgio stands in the fertile plain of Piacenza, on the edge of the town of San Giorgio Piacentino, and is an ideal setting for events, conferences and weddings, while guided visits are available on request.
  • Zena Castle
    Zena Castel at Zena near Carpaneto
    The ancient fortress, transformed over the centuries into a comfortable and elegant dwelling, is only part of a complex of historical buildings within a large park ....
  • Olmeto Castle
    The fortification at Olmeto near Badagnano
    The old edifice, altered over the centuries, is today a private home and the centre of a farm and wine estate.
  • Tower house at Badagnano near Carpaneto
    Minor fortification in a strategic position
    Today this building is privately owned and not open to the public. It stands in a strategic position to control the bridge over the Chero and to exact customs duties.
  • Carpaneto Castle - the history
    Palazzo Scotti, formerly the Castle of Carpaneto
    Today used as the Town Hall of Carpaneto Piacentino
  • Ciriano Castle
    At Ciriano near Carpaneto
    An old castle transformed today into a private home. It is never open to visitors.
  • Castle of Riva
    An imposing construction in the pretty mediaeval village of Riva
    The castle, on the right bank of the River Nure, has a fine strategic position that in the past gave it control of the road along the Nure valley.
  • Castle of Montanaro
    Of mediaeval origin, the building was transformed into a villa in the 18th century. Today it belongs to the Region of Emilia-Romagna and is not open to visitors.
  • Castle of San Giorgio
    First built in the 10th century, the castle has suffered many alterations as well as bloody exchanges. Thanks to extensive restoration it is now in excellent condition and today serves as the town hall and library.
  • Castle of Castione
    The castle, constructed in a strategic position, dominates the Nure and Riglio valleys.
  • Castle of Fulignano or Folignano
    The fortress, which today is an agriturismo, dominates the old village of Fulignano.
  • Castle of Ronco
    The castle is in an excellent state of preservation and its massive bulk dominates a stretch of the Riglio valley. Today it is privately owned and is not open to visitors.
  • Castle of Altoè
    This building is privately owned and is not open to the public. Its present appearance is the result of restorations at the end of the 19th century.
  • Castle of Rizzolo
    The castle was built for defensive purposes in the Middle Ages and made still more powerful by Gian Galeazzo Visconti. It became the summer residence of the Salvatico family in the 18th century.
  • Castle of Tollara
    Founded in the Middle Ages, the Castle of Tollara has been transformed into a farm and is not open to visitors.
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