Castel San Giovanni
|Castel San Giovanni|
|Comune di Castel San Giovanni|
|Province / Metropolitan city||Piacenza (PC)|
|Frazioni||Bosco Tosca, Creta, Fontana Pradosa, Ganaghello, Pievetta, Campo d'oro|
|• Mayor||Carlo Giovanni Capelli|
|• Total||44 km2 (17 sq mi)|
|Elevation||74 m (243 ft)|
|Population (31 August 2010)|
|• Density||320/km2 (820/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|Patron saint||St. John the Baptist|
|Saint day||June 24|
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.
- 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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