Chiaravalle della Colomba

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Chiaravalle della Colomba is located on the road that goes from Fiorenzuola d'Arda towards the Po.

Why visit it

The Cistercian Abbey of Chiaravalle combines the architectural splendor of the Romanesque-Gothic style with the spiritual and hard-working lifestyle of the monks who populate it. 

The architectural complex was built according to the classic Benedictine scheme, taken from the Cistercians, with the basic buildings arranged around the square of the cloister and the church with an east - west orientation. The work began shortly after 1145; the completion of the medieval parts, as we see them today, is staggered over the following two hundred years, after the destruction of parts of the monastery by Federico II in 1248.

When to go and what to see

One of the reasons why the Abbey is famous throughout Italy is the famous "Infiorata del Corpus Domini" in the months of May-June, when a wonderful flowered carpet is set up along the central nave of the basilica.

Do not miss

Its cloister, intact on all sides, is one of the best preserved of the Cistercian abbeys, and the church with simple terracotta lines favors silence and prayer.

On the table

The liqueurs produced by the monks are the specialty of the area.

Main events

June: Infiorata of Corpus Domini

August: Patron feast of San Bernardo da Chiaravalle

Information and useful advice

Free parking for cars and buses near the abbey.


A few kilometers away is the Villa Verdi in S. Agata di Villanova d'Arda, which is temporarily closed to the public.

Information offices

Tourist Information Office Castell'Arquato
Piazza del Municipio - Castell'Arquato (PC)
+ 39 0523 803215 + 39 0523 803563
Last update 03/04/2023

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