Some 35km west of Parma is the beautiful CASTELL’ARQUATO, a nicely restored medieval town set on a hillside overlooking the Arda Valley. At the top of the town, Piazza del Municipio is lined with some stunning buildings. The thirteenth-century Palazzo del Podestà isn’t open to the public, but you can visit the Chiesa, a magnificently preserved Romanesque monument with an eighth-century baptismal font in the right-hand apse (the entrance is round  to the right). The restored tower of the fourteenth-century Rocca Viscontea offers amazing views of the surrounding countryside.

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