Bobbio, City since 1014


Bobbio is a town in Emilia Romagna and the most important village in the Trebbia Valley which holds the title of city since 1014, according to an imperial decree by Frederick II.
In the High Middle Ages, Bobbio was one of the main centres for religious culture and also a cosmopolitan art, culture and science centre. What remains of the past is the medieval atmosphere in the borough, made of alleys, stone houses, stately palaces, but suggestive are also the natural landscapes of the valley that make it one of the main resort area of Piacenza.

Ponte Gobbo, connected to the legend of Saint Columba and his fight against Satana, and the Abbey dedicatetd to the Irish saint are the symbols of Bobbio. The Abbey retains a spectacular cloister and a museum located on the ruins of the Monastery where Bobbio Scriptorium and Library once were, the musuem preserves remains ranging from the beginnin of the Christian Age to the first half of the 16th century.

You can’t leave Bobbio without visiting the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta and the Malaspina Castle which dominates the top of the city. You can find many local products: wine, jams, honeys, cold cuts.


To see

Abbey of Saint Columba – Built in the second half of 1400, the Abbey houses frescoes of Lanzani and a beautiful wooden choir in Gothic style.

Ponte Vecchio – It is also called Ponte Gobbo for its particular design. It’s long 280 metres.

Malaspina Castle – Built in the fourteenth century, the castle consists of two smaller towers of service and a massive central tower, the walls have been preserved intact.

Abbey museum – The museum houses precious artifacts ranging from the early centuries of the Christian era until the mid-sixteenth century.

To taste

Maccheroni alla bobbiese – Homemade pasta served with tomato sauce.

Lumache alla bobbiese – Snails are one of the most popular Christmas Eve dishes.

Almonds cake - A simple and crunchy cake made with almonds.