688 views – January 23, 2011
Vigoleno (Piacenza, Emilia Romagna) is a castle-village, where the concentration of different styles in such a small area creates a sort of labyrinth in which you never know whether you are in a 19th-century village or a medieval castle. Vigoleno’s origins are rooted in the Roman era: the name comes from the Latin Vicus Lyaeo, a place consecrated to Bacchus because of its exquisite wines.
From 1449 on the village remained peacefully in the hands of the Scotti family, save for a short period in the 16th century when it passed into those of the Farnese family of Parma due to historical vicissitudes involving the Scotti family. In 1622 the Farnese family elevated Cesare Maria Scotti to Marquis of Vigoleno, the highest noble rank in the Duchy of Parma.
Vigoleno’s origins are rooted in the Roman era: the name comes from the Latin Vicus Lyaeo, a place consecrated to Bacchus because of its exquisite wines.
The center is the fountain square, with its oblique perspectives, blocked views and fragmented space. On the east side of the square we can see an external barrel vault, in stone, of a large underground room: this is the cistern, linked to the castle’s cellars, which for centuries satisfied the water needs of the population.