|Comune di Villanova sull'Arda|
Location of Villanova sull'Arda in Italy
|Coordinates: 45°2′N 10°0′E / 45.033°N 10.000°E|
|Province / Metropolitan city||Piacenza (PC)|
|Frazioni||Cignano, Sant'Agata, Soarza|
|• Mayor||Fausto Maffini|
|• Total||36.5 km2 (14.1 sq mi)|
|Elevation||42 m (138 ft)|
|Population (31 December 2011)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
Villanova sull'Arda is a comune (municipality) in the Province of Piacenza in the Italian region Emilia-Romagna, located about 120 kilometres (75 mi) northwest of Bologna and about 25 kilometres (16 mi) east of Piacenza.
Sant'Agata was the home for over 50 years of the opera composer Giuseppe Verdi who was born in the village of Le Roncole in 1813, who lived in the nearby town of Busseto, and who bought the land and built the Villa Verdi in 1848
- The Giarola River Park Island: This is located in the flood plain of the River Po and is an example of environmental restoration after the intense mining of sand.
- Festivals: the "Cherry Festival" is held in the second week of June, and the "Festival of the Frog and Catfish" takes place on the last Sunday of May in the village of Soarza.
- Sports associations: At Villanova there is a basketball team, (Villanova Basketball Pro) a competitor in the CIS championship held in the Piacenza-Cremona-Lodi regions.
Villanova sull'Arda has a railway station on the Cremona–Fidenza line. Direct connections are available from Cremona, while some trains run directly from Parma to both Busseto and Villanova sull'Arda without changing.
- Data from Istat
- See Italian Wikipedia article
- See Villa Verdi website
- Villa Verdi official website with information on how to visit (in English)