Pontremoli: All you need to know

Pontremoli is the city of the…… “church bell”.
You can see here the artistic towers “included” in mansions of the 1600s, one of the oldest theaters of Italy, various prehistoric pieces gathered in the Piagnaro castle. It is a town that has treasures of art in its churches, its baroque paintings, and its craftsmanship masterpieces. You must stop at the Dome (Duomo) in San Colombano where you will be able to see a rare marble statue of Agostino di Duccio. You must also visit Our Dame (Nostra Donna), elegant with its baroque shapes, and Annunziata, with its masterpieces of the carved sacristy, the small temple of Sansovino, and the paintings of Cambiaso. In San Pietro (Saint Peter), it is possible to accomplish the gesture of faith of the ancient pilgrims, following with the finger and the prayer the path of the stone labyrinth .

The Castle Piagnaro - Pontremoli

The Piagnaro Castle, poised atop the hill dominating the northern approach to the town of Pontremoli, arose in order to control the cross-roads which , traversing Mount Bardone, provided the link between the Po Valley, to the north-west, and the Magra Valley and Tyrrhennian coast, to the south-east.The original fortress, whose construction probably dates back to between the 9th and 10th centuries,was still quite functional in 1167,when it was used to repel the advancing army of Federico I. Today, however, little remains of the original structure.What is clearly visible, instead, is the centralised system of fortification, known to have been constructed in the 13th century (and which local tradition attributes to King Enzo in 1247). Its defensive system hinges upon the massive semicircular keep, access to which is furnished by an independent entrance. The central figure of the Piagnaro Castle's rather complicated history has always ben the nearby walled town of Pontremoli, for which the castle maintained its role as armed sentinel during the course of the 15th to 18th centuries. The fortress was renovated, remodelled and enlarged numerous times, as can be seen from its current arrangement. Still today it resembles , rather than a true castle, a fortress, which it has in fact been, considered since 1650.

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