Sigeric the Serious: Via Francigena, Floricum (Fiorenzuola d’Arda), Circa 990 AD

Submansio XXXVII – Floricum

Fiorenzuola d’Arda was originally called Florentia, but later changed to this diminutive form to distinguish it from Florence. In the Middle Ages, Florentia was one of the Piacenza Province most important fortified centers.


Beautiful panorama of Fiorenzuola by Sergio Valtolla, photo found on

The economic health of Fiorenzuola d’Arda is strong and mainly based on agriculture. A cereal research institute (Istituto Sperimentale per la Cerealicoltura) is implanted in town and performs the latest research in terms of wheat, corn, oats, and barley cultivation from conventional breeding genome to analysis of cereals. Learn more here.




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