Parma surroundings

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 More or less tiny, ancient and authentic. Among their cobbled streets, red brick facades and slate roofs History here is the real protagonost. This is a route between some of the most beautiful villages of the province of Parma.

Have you ever slept in a real village or in a medieval castle? Within our collection of mansion in Parma and surroundings you can do it ...

Busseto

Giuseppe Verdi was born in Roncole, steps from Busseto, the ancient capital of the Pallavicino State and tourists main destination for Verdi's land - in Roncole also lived Guareschi, author of Peppone and Don Camillo. The birth house of the master, turned into a multimedia museum, is open to the public (tel. 0524 97450). Enter through the door of the residence to discover the childhood of Verdi. Nearby, the small church of San Michele Arcangelo and, within it, the organ on which, as a kid, Peppin played his first notes.

Reach Busseto if you want to continue the journey through the memories of the composer. The main spot are the Teatro Verdi, on the village square, Barezzi House, home of the father and patron of Verdi, with autograph letters and others Verdi’s memorabilia, Palazzo Orlandi, residence of the teacher in the mid nineteenth century, and Villa Pallavicino, home of the Giuseppe Verdi National Museum (tel. 0524 931002). Under the old arcades of the village and in the shadow of the earth-colored brick houses everything is as it once was.

Slide the door of a tavern to taste the specialties of the Parma: from stuffed homemade pasta, in this case we recommend you to order a plate of anolini steaming soup, cold cuts of master butchers (Culatello), Strolghino, and Salame Gentile. All washed down with a good Lambrusco wine to be drunk strictly in white porcelain cups.

Two must go events: the Carnival of Busseto, every Sundays from January till February, and the performances of the Verdi Festival, every year, in October.

Zibello

About ten kilometers on flat roads leading down to the Po and here it is Zibello. In the country's wineries slowly matures Culatello, the masterpiece of this land. Zibello is a small village on the verge of Grande River. In Piazza Garibaldi lengthens the shadow of Palazzo Pallavicino, with the theater and the cloister of the Dominican monastery, founded in the latest fifteenth century. Under the arcades of the building you will find a food shop with many good things, and the headquarters of the Culatello Road.

To His Majesty the Culatello, for thirty years the country dedicates a festival, scheduled for the last weekend of May under a large white tent set up in the main square.

Fontanellato

Recently included in the collection of the most beautiful villages in Italy, awarded the Orange Flag, eco-environmental quality brand of the Italian Touring Club, and with the recognition of Cittaslow, Fontanellato is a destination for true aesthetes. The small village is gathered around the Rocca Sanvitale. Go over the moat filled with water, entered the fortress and get to the frescoed rooms of the ground floor; one of these was painted by Parmigianino in 1524, with the myth of Diana and Actaeon - it is one of the masterpieces of Italian Mannerism. The visit includes the noble apartment of the Sanvitale, the Hanging Gardens and the only room still Optics in operation in Italy: an ingenious system of prisms and lenses allow you to peek into the square of the village undetected.

If you love the secondhand trade fairs and memorabilia, remember that around the fortress, every third Sunday of the month, are the banquets of the antiques market, one of the most beautiful in Northern Italy.

Compiano

Let us behind the low lands and get into the road that leads Emilia to Liguria. Along this way you will pass Compiano, a delightful village carved on a spur of bare rock in the upper course of the river Taro.

Among the cobbled streets of the village, like Fontanellato is included among the most beautiful villages in Italy, here the time seems to have stopped in the Middle Ages: the facades of palaces and tower-houses will take you up to the highest point of the country. All surrounded by walls, the village culminates in the fifteenth century castle: guarding the country, with its four towers, three round and one, elder, squared shape.

If you want to spoil with local flavors, take note of these: the porcini mushrooms and chestnuts gathered in the woods of the High Taro Valley, and panigacci, traditional round bread baked in nearby Lunigiana over terracotta , to be enjoyed with meats or with Genoese pesto.

Berceto

On the ancient route of the Via Francigena, just before the Cisa Pass, Berceto is the country of the Parma mountains closest to the sea in the Ligurian Riviera di Levante. Its historic center is small but surprising. At the center of all there is the Cathedral of San Moderanno, built in the twelfth century with interior of the fifteenth and sixteenth century. Enter the third chapel on the right to find the Museum of the Cathedral Treasury, a collection of furniture and liturgical objects from various eras.

As every mountain village, even Berceto had his castle. Its ruins were rediscovered by recent archaeological excavations.

Corchia

Twenty minutes from Berceto, between the chestnut trees of the Val Manubiola check the hamlet of Corchia, a village in miniature handmade: stone houses with roofs in sandstone slabs, paved paths, underpasses arched, features stable-barns, and a twelfth century hostel. Impressive at sunset, but even more romantic in the moonlight.

Casarola

It is unlikely that you will find this name printed on any tourist guide. Casarola is a tiny fraction of Monchio delle Corti, in the Val Bratica, a thousand meters above the sea level, included in the Cento Laghi Park territory. The village is linked to memories of Attilio Bertolucci, poet, translator, critic, screenwriter and documentary filmmaker of the most important twentieth-century Italian. Casarola was the birthplace of the father of Attilio, and was a place of summer retreat for Attilio Bertolucci, with his sons Bernardo and Giuseppe. The village, inhabited by a few dozen people, was the background for the first film by Bernardo Bertolucci, filmed with a 16mm camera in 1956.

In the small village you will find the House of the Cherries, a place dedicated to the study and to the memory of Attilio Bertolucci and his poems