The agritourism

It is such a treat to pass a day at La Tosa, where the time passes in an instant, and everything, from the landscape to the people, transmits total serenity. We welcome our guests to the farm into a room filled with unique, antique farming tools. The main dining room, which hosts up to 150 people, is furnished with antique objects from a country home; there is also a reconstructed rural kitchen on one wall, with a woodstove, icebox and pots and pans. Next to the dining room there is a veranda with a country wagon dating back to 1890 and a more private small dining room. Fresh pastas and daily specialties rich with the flavors of traditional Piacenza are prepared in our kitchen.
In the summer, the two porticos on different floors offer the possibility to dine outside, or enjoy an aperitif, or a light snack. After lunch, you can dedicate the rest of your time to relaxation, forgetting all the stress of the week.
Not only adults, but also children are always welcome: there’s plenty of space to run and play, and there is also a fully equipped playground adjacent to the porticos. A small lake populated with carp, tench and catfish is an attraction for fishing enthusiasts, all watched over by ducks and geese. Prairies, forests and vineyards are ready for anyone who love to take walks.

When you leave the agritourism, what will remain of La Tosa is a pleasant, joyous memory of serenity and enjoying life to take with you in your coming days.

The cuisine

Our cuisine is typical traditional Piacenza. We prepare the historic recipes from home, with special attention to the selection of raw materials: our vegetables and some of our fruits come mainly from our own garden and orchard, while the rest of the products we use, from the cold cuts to the meats, come from the farmers in the Piacenza province, in particular from Val Nure.
Our lunch starts off with appetizers consisting of three DOP Piacenza cold cuts, Coppa, Salami and Pancetta, and the rare Mariola, a Slow Food trademark, accompanied by a fried savory bread and pickled vegetables. The meal continues with the first courses, the stars of our kitchen, based on pasta hand-prepared by our own Maria ad Marisella, Tortelli di Ricotta with a braided closure, a recipe originating right here in Medieval Vigolzone. We always serve one of the following first courses: classic Pisarei and Fasò, Maccheroni all’ago alla Bobbiese, Pin della Val Nure, Anolini in broth, Piacenza Panzerotti. Maccheroni and pin are typical specialties from our mountains, now almost lost to history, that we are proud to introduce to our guests and serve with great pride.
Among our second courses, Roasted Coppa, Roasted Beef with Gutturnio and Veal Tasca, with side dishes including potatoes or salads from our garden.

Finally, it’s time for dessert: fig pie (with fresh figs from our own trees) and ricotta cake, two DOC specialties of Vigolzone, Latte in Piedi, the local version of panna cotta, chocolate cake and ricotta semifreddo. For children, vegetarians, guests who suffer from allergies and gluten intolerance, we also have specific menus.

The offering

Our agritourism restaurant is always open on Sundays and holidays for lunch with a menu of the day. The other days of the week and evenings are by reservation only for a group of at least fifteen people, to which limited smaller parties may be added.
Since 1988 we have also been organizing custom wedding receptions according to the demands of each couple: the stages of the event, the decorations and table arrangement, areas for welcoming aperitifs, for musical entertainment and entertainment reserved for children, rehearsal dinners and menu selections. Our gardens, the wine museum and the antique carriage are all beautiful backdrops for photographic shoots.
We also organize luncheons for First Communions, Confirmations, Baptisms, birthdays and anniversaries, with custom menus and a wide range of entertainment and games for children. Our dining rooms can be used for dinners and business events, with additional areas for meetings.
During the summer months it is also possible to organize afternoon snacks on the porticos or on the lawns. We offer tastings throughout the entire year for groups by appointment of our wines with foccacia and savory pies, accompanied by a guided tour of the wine cellar and museum.

For all wine and food enthusiasts we offer specific tasting menus during our luncheons and dinners, with our exclusive wine and food pairings.   

Our agritourism does not offer sleeping accommodations.

The surroundings

The Piacenza province is very beautiful, with green rolling hills and valleys, medieval villages and castles, the most in any Italian province; the city of Piacenza is also a treasure to be explored. All of the areas definitely deserve a visit: it will be a pleasant surprise for any traveler.
La Tosa is located at the mouth of the Val Nure in a strategic position in the very center of the province. We are a five minute drive from Grazzano Visconti, the most famous tourist destination in the Piacenza province: a medieval village reconstructed in the early 1900s by Duke Giuseppe Visconti, the father of the film director Luchino, around a castle dating back to the 14th century. In addition to the lovely views of the narrow village roads and the castle park open to the public, there are also many local craftsman products to be admired.
Continuing on in Val Nure, you then reach the town of Bettola, with Ligurian origins, where it seems that grandparents of Christopher Columbus were born in the tower house still standing in the small Pradello village.
Just adjacent to our valleys, the stunning Val Trebbia sits, with its open, spectacular panorama, leading to the medieval village of Bobbio, dating back to between 900 and 1000, one of the most important cultural and religious centers of Europe thanks to the presence of the San Colombano Abbey: in addition to the Abbey, the Church of San Colombano, the Malaspins Castle and the Gobbo Bridge should also be visited. The stretch of the Trebbia River in San Salvatore is a true spectacle of nature just a few kilometers from Bobbio.
At the mouth of the valley, the village of Rivalta, is a real jewel, surrounded by walls with a beautiful castle, which is open to the public also inside, a rarity.
In Val Tidone, the imperious Rocca d’Olgisio in the town of Pianello Val Tidone is beautifully maintained, and the Milling Museum in Borgo Lentino in Nibbiano should not be missed.
In the eastern part of the province, on the plains, sits the town of Cortemaggiore, the historic location of the Renaissance era duchy Pallavicino, with beautiful porticos and churches dating back to the 1400s – 1500s embellished with important frescoes.
Nearby, Chiaravalle della Colomba hosts an important Abbey from the fourteenth century that houses a beautiful cloister.
In the hills of Val Chero, the ruins of the city Veleia Romana, dating back to the first century B.C. and the third century A.D. represent another treasure of the Piacenza province, a flourishing residential area noted for its therapeutic spa waters and its wine: the forum and ruins from the houses are clearly visible.

Moving on towards the Parma province, there are three more authentic Medieval jewels: the Romanesque Church of San Giovanni Battista adjacent to the Vigolo Marchese Baptistery; the  Arquato Castle, at the mouth of Val d’Arda, one of the most beautiful medieval villages in all of northern Italy, poised on a hill with the Municipal Piazza at its apex, facing the Rocca, the Collegiate Church of Santa Maria Assunta and the Palazzo del Podestà, while a bit farther the Geological Museum houses numerous fossils; finally, just a few steps from Salsomaggiore, the small fortified village of Vigoleno, exquisitely maintained, wrapping around the Castle and the Romanesque Pieve di San Giorgio.
Dulcis in fundo, the city of Piacenza, a city to experience from within, from its magnificent courtyards to its secret gardens. So many churches, like the Romanesque Duomo and the Renaissance Church of Santa Maria di Campagna and the Church of San Sisto. And many beautiful palazzos, like the Palazzo Gotico and the imperious Palazzo Farnese, which houses the Painting Gallery, the Archeological Museum and the Antique Carriages Museum. Finally, the Ricci Oddi Modern Art Gallery, the Municipal Theater and the Equestrian Statues of Franceso Mochi in Piazza Cavalli complete the picture of a not very well known city, very interesting and rich with so many treasures. 

We believe that there are more than enough reasons to plan a visit to our beautiful province.