week end in Compiano Jul 18, 2011
Compiano is a charming medieval village built on top of a hill between Bedonia and Borgotaro in the beautiful valley of the Taro river. This is one of the most beautiful and well preserved village in the area.
The village was born and grew up around the old castle.
Around tenth century the castle belonged to Malaspina lord of Parma but in the eleventh century was conquered and became the property of the City of Piacenza.
In the first half of fifteenth century, with Ubertino Landi, begins the domain of the family that will last 452 years, the longest Lordship of Italy.
The sixteenth and seventeenth century were centuries of splendor, Compiano built public schools and became an important cultural center.
In XVIII century Under the rule of Marie Louise, the castle became a state prison.
During World War II Compiano became capital of the "Free Territory of Valtaro".
After the war the college girls settled in the castle was closed and the manor was bought by the Marquise Lina Gambarotta Raimondi. After her death, she left the castle to the City. Currently the castle is open to the public with guided tours.
The village is small and can easily be visited in half a day, but who wants to stop more can find lodging at one of the hotels in the area.
During the summer in the small central square are organized cultural events like concerts or theater.
Also for those who love the outdoors this is an area that offers the possibility to do trekking in the valley, ride horses or bicycle.
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