The village of Vigoleno is one of the most beautiful villages in Italy ... and is located in the municipality of Vernasca, in the hills of Piacenza, in the valley of the river Ongina and Val Stirone.
Perched between the Geological Reserve of Piacenziano and River Park Stirone, medieval village is among the most beautiful and rich history of Piacenza. Fully part of the exclusive tourist destinations also in virtue of the work of preservation and conservation carried out in recent years by local administrations that have protected not only the village but the entire surrounding area rich in natural resources. Since 2002 ANCI is certified as one of the "most beautiful villages in Italy" and was awarded the Orange Flag by the Italian Touring Club.
Borgo di Vigoleno: Orange Flag
The Village of Vigoleno was awarded the Orange Flag by the Italian Touring Club.
The orange flag is the eco-tourism environment in inland areas of the Italian Touring Club and is attributed to the resorts that meet the criteria of analysis related to the development of quality tourism. The enhancement of cultural heritage, environmental protection, culture, hospitality, access to and availability of resources, the quality of accommodation, catering and local products are just some of the key elements to achieve the mark.
Museum of the Orsanti
The village has recently welcomed within its walls the Orsanti Museum, an interesting innovation that contributes to further enrich the country. The museum contains a unique historical and cultural heritage, the testimonies of life Orsanti, artists and musicians, animal trainers that since the eighteenth century migrated throughout the world, spreading the culture wanders through their own shows. Represents a journey into a reality that belongs to our tradition: big bear of paper, unusual musical instruments, costumes, prints, paintings, documents and objects from daily life perfectly describe the atmosphere experienced by these artists.
A medieval town
Vigoleno is a perfect example of the logical space of the Middle Ages. Born as a defensive position and is characterized by the structure almost labrintica, where the boundaries between the village and the castle interpenetrate and reflect each other.
The fortified town of ellipsoidal shape, exceptionally intact in structure and rich in history, is enclosed by imposing walls and battlements. A walkway, which offers a stunning panoramic view of the whole valley Stirone the runs entirely.
The urban structure is dominated by the square tower, with battlements Ghibellines. From the tower walkway leads to the second tower of the village, near which is the most properly fortified residential complex.
Go past the fortifications at the entrance of the village leads to the central square, on which overlook the Oratory of Our Lady of Grace and the Church of Saint George, one of the examples of Romanesque architecture's most important sacred Piacenza.
The foundation of the original fortress probably dates from the tenth century, but the first historical records date back to 1141, when Vigoleno was an outpost of the Council of Piacenza on the way to the territories of Parma; around the thirteenth century came into possession of the Guelph family of Scotti, in conflict with Piacenza, then dominated by the Ghibelline factions, which attacked and destroyed the castle during the century. XIV. It was the same Municipality of Piacenza to rebuild it and keep it until the end of the century, when it was destroyed again. The third building was the work of the same Scotti returned possession of the fort in 1389 thanks to the Visconti, who also gave rise to the rank of the county. The remains of the castle today are largely the result of this restructuring century.
The family Scotti
The tracks are still visible in the Scotti coats of arms is carved above the entrance to the village is on the gable of the Oratory of the Madonna delle Grazie, in all likelihood the family chapel of the Scotti, unlike the church of San Giorgio, which represented the parish church of the small village. The Scotti family retained possession of the fortress until 1908, after the same was sold and converted into a residential building.
Local products Vigoleno
The true specialty of the place is the Vin Santo Vigoleno, a delicious sweet wine produced by only a few local firms in limited production.
The village also falls in the path of the "Strada dei Vini e dei Sapori dei Colli Piacentini", an association that includes among its purposes, the claim of historical, cultural, environmental, economic and social development of its territory. Pursues the promotion of economic development through the promotion of an integrated tourist offer, based on the quality of products and services, enhancing the wine production and agriculture, agri-food activities and the gastronomic specialties, production and services, within the framework of economy environmentally friendly, natural attractions historical, cultural and environmental on the right path.
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