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Travo

Statto Castle
Province:  Piacenza (26 km)
Tourist Area
Nature and the Apennines
Where it is
Located in the middle of the Trebbia Valley, the most important valley of the Province of Piacenza from a geographical and historical point of view, and a link between Liguria and the Po Valley, this small village is set on the left bank of the river Trebbia.
Why visit
Surrounded by enchanting nature, Travo also offers its visitors a well-preserved old town and medieval monuments. In the surrounding countryside, the Neolithic Village Archaeological Park offers educational activities, and educational and themed events.
Where to visit and what to see
The center of the village is dominated by its medieval castle, which was first created as a fortress of the family Malaspina then it was passed on to the Anguissola family. In addition to the original round tower of the XII century, it also has retained its remarkable rows of trilithic windows on the facade, very rare in this area.

Donated to the municipality by the Countess Maria Salina in 1978, this building now also houses the Museo Civico Archeologico, with prehistoric, protohistoric, Roman and medieval finds, partly found by the excavations conducted since 1981 in Trebbia by the research group The Minerva.

From the main square, passing through the base of the tallest tower, you reach the Church of St. Anthony, built in the mid-eleventh century and dedicated to the patron saint of Piacenza. According to legend he was martyred in this area.

The oratory of S. Maria is also Roman, and it is where the passage of S. Francis and the miracle of the loaves is commemorated. There is still a visible part of the marble entablature belonging to the original Temple of Minerva.

In the Roman era, pilgrims from all over Italy came here to visit the largest pagan temple dedicated to the goddess. Today the village is a popular holiday destination.
Don't miss
The Neolithic Village Archaeological Park, where most of the prehistoric structures brought to light during the excavations that took place in the area are housed. The tour is accompanied by a series of panels on the history of the site, structures and functional housing, for insights into the Neolithic Italian and local levels of the site.
On the table
The most excellent product of the surrounding vineyards is the Trebbianino Doc. Travo is also along the  path of the Route of Wines and Tastes of the Colli Piacentini.
To keep fit
There are various activities available throughout the year, in the summer one can plunge into the crystal waters of the river Trebbia, take nature walks or collect mushrooms in the nearby forests.

For those who love to go horseback riding,  the province of Piacenza offers a well-marked route with numerous stops. There are also many well-marked hiking trails for Mountain Biking.
Nearby
There are numerous well preserved ruins of castles and towers in the hills around the village, such as the Castle of Statto fenced and fitted with four corner towers (7 km) or the Roman castle in Scrivellano (6 km).

On the south-west side lies the Parcellara Stone (km 10), a black serpentine rock from the bowels of the earth. Although not particularly tall (836 m), the mountain stands out from the hills behind it for its morphology, color and grandeur. From its peak, reached by climbing a steep flight of steps carved into the rock, you have a wonderful panoramic view over the whole Trebbia Valley, the town of Bobbio and the Luretta valley.
For more information
Local Staff: Piacenza
Information Offices
Informazione e accoglienza turisticaBOBBIO
Piazza San Francesco, 1
29022 Bobbio (PC)
Tel. ++39 0523-962815
Fax ++39 0523-936666
iat.bobbio@sintranet.it
Opening: Open troughout the year

How to reach

Railways Ferrovie dello Stato
Stop in Piacenza (27 km)
BusUrban & extra-urban line
Seta spa
From the train station and from the bus station of Piacenza, suburban line 21
By Car
Coming from the north take highway A1, exit at Piacenza Nord; from the east take highway A21 and exit at Piacenza Est; from the south take highway A1 and exit at Piacenza Sud; from the west take highway A21 and exit at Piacenza Ovest. Once in Piacenza, take the ring road (tangenziale) following signs for Bobbio, then proceed on the SS45 for 26km, turn right and go straight on for 1km.

Last update: 09/03/2016

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