Val d’Arda is distinguished not just by its hills and grape varieties, but also by the richly historical and spiritual places hidden among its green hills that are most certainly worth visiting: the Romanesque oratorio of S. Maria Maddalena, in the village of Pallastrelli; the remains of a Roman villa in Crocetta; the Romanesque church of S. Giovanni Battista and its adjoining baptistery near Vigolo Marchese; and the little oratorio of Mignano, a veritable jewel set on a rise just a short distance from the dam.

The tour will continue with a visit to the medieval town of Castell’Arquato, which is strategically located in the foothills of Val d’Arda and which has remained more or less unchanged over the centuries. There, the tour will visit the Collegiata, erected in the 12th century on the foundations of an earlier 8th century church damaged in the 1117 earthquake. It will then continue on to the nearby museum, piazza and 13th century Palazzo del Podestà that combine to form a space that is quite unique, before exploring the relatively unknown church of Pallastrelli and the Palazzo del Duca that was built by Alberto Scoto in 1292, as testified by an inscription located on its foundations.