Pianello Val Tidone is a small town wedged in the hills, in the western area of the province.
A hilly center in the heart of an area where it's easy to meet nature, archeology, history, castles and stretches of vineyards.
The hilly coolness makes it a summer resort, while the wine production is an attraction during autumn.
It is worth visiting S. Maurizio Church and the Fortress, currently headquarters of the Town Hall and of the Archaeological Museum.
Nearby areas of interest: the imposing ‘Rocca d’Olgisio’ and remains of fortified buildings in Arcello, Castellaro, and Fontanese confirm that once the area was an important outpost for noble medieval families.
The area is part of the Gourmet Food and Wine Trail of ‘Colli Piacentini’ and of ‘Andando per castelli’ (a horseback riding trail).
The Church of S. Maurizio, the Rocca dal Verme, now home to the city hall offices and the Archaeological Museum of Val Tidone are worth a visit.
The typical Piacenza cuisine finds here as strengths the PDO cured meats and meat dishes: picùla ad caval (minced horse meat cooked with vegetables) and cotechino (cooked salami).
The season of fairs and festivals opens with the festival of Galeina Grisa (grey hen) at the end of April and continues until autumn. In August "Calici di Stelle" represents an important moment for food and wine tourism. In September, in addition to the patronal feast of San Maurizio, Pianello Frizzante event takes place as part of the Valtidone Wine Fest. In the second half of the year, some musical events are not to be missed: the Apennine Festival and the Val Tidone Festival which are held in various locations in the valley.
In the surrounding area, the mighty Rocca d'Olgisio and the remains of fortifications in the towns of Arcello, Castellaro, and Fontanese give the idea of how once the territory was characterised as an important outpost for medieval noble families.