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The Cistercian abbey of Acqualunga, joined to the monastery of San Pietro, was already reknown by the end of the 12th century. In 1529 the bishop Vigevano became a feudal lord, who is to this day abbot of Acqualunga.
The Abbey of San Valeriano (5th-6th century) was rebuilt by the Cluniac monks at the end of the 11th century: initially dedicated to Andrea, it was dedicated to Valeriano in 1236, when the body was transferred there.
The Carolingian abbey of Sant'Albino was the scene of the battle between Charlemagne, king of the Franks, and Desiderio, the last Lombard ruler (12 October 773). The Frankish paladins Amico and Amelio, perished in the battle, are the object of devotion of the pilgrims who go to Rome along the Via Francigena.
The castle (16th century) stands in the center of the town in the shape of a parallelepiped; two noteworthy monuments are a cylindrical half-tower and an entrance with the coat of arms of the Counts of Gambarana. Private property.
The castle built in the 12th century was the seat of the Counts of Mede and then of the Sangiuliani. Today it houses the "Masinari" library and the civic museums. In the Tortorolo hamlet the castle dates back to the 16th century. Private property.