Castel San Giovanni

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Castel San Giovanni
Comune
Comune di Castel San Giovanni
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Coat of arms of Castel San Giovanni
Coat of arms
Castel San Giovanni is located in Italy
Castel San Giovanni
Castel San Giovanni
Location of Castel San Giovanni in Italy
Coordinates: 45°3′N 9°26′E / 45.050°N 9.433°E / 45.050; 9.433
Country Italy
Region Emilia-Romagna
Province Piacenza (PC)
Frazioni Bosco Tosca, Creta, Fontana Pradosa, Ganaghello, Pievetta, Campo d'oro
Government
 • Mayor Carlo Giovanni Capelli
Area
 • Total 44 km2 (17 sq mi)
Elevation 74 m (243 ft)
Population (31 August 2010)
 • Total 13,917
 • Density 320/km2 (820/sq mi)
Demonym Castellani
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 29015
Dialing code 0523
Patron saint St. John the Baptist
Saint day June 24
Website Official website

Castel San Giovanni (Piacentine dialect: Castél San Giuàn) is a town and comune in the province of Piacenza, Emilia-Romagna, Italy.

History[edit]

The origins of the town are probably related to an ancient pieve called Olubra and a fortress called Castellus Milonus, which preceded the construction of a new castle by Alberto Scoto in 1290 (now also disappeared).

After a period under the Dal Verme family of lords-condottieri, it became part of the Duchy of Parma and Piacenza in 1485.

Main sights[edit]

  • The Collegiata (14th century), with Baroque portals and a 1496 crucifix by Giacomo del Maino and his son Giovanni Angelo.
  • Church of San Giovanni Battista (12th century)
  • Villa Braghieri-Albesani (18th century), with several frescoed rooms.

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