With its culinary wonder, green Apennine landscapes, fascinating castles and villages, the Province of Parma teaches us about good living.
In the centre of the Po Valley and the transit routes from the north to the south of Italy, Parma’s territory has always had a great geopolitical importance. In the eleventh century it was the heart of the feuds of the powerful Matilde di Canossa. Subsequently, lots of rich and noble families animated struggles and intrigues, which can even make those of the Game of Thrones turn pale, before the advent of the Farnese and the Bourbons.
For this reason, the Province of Parma is dotted with monumental castles, many of which can still be visited today since kept in perfect condition. To mention only the most famous, we have the castles of Bardi, Torrechiara, Felino, Varano de 'Melegari, Montechiarugolo, Castelguelfo.
And again, the fortress of Noceto, the Bourbon Palace of Colorno and the splendid Rocca di Fontanellato, which preserves some of Parmigianino's greatest masterpieces. With its frescoes, the Rocca dei Rossi in San Secondo Parmense is one of the cornerstones of the Renaissance in Emilia.
After so much art, it is time to relax. You can spend a day at the spa of Salsomaggiore, among the most famous in Europe since 800, admiring the splendour deco of the historic Terme Berzieri.
Or, you can enjoy fresh breath in the woods in National Park of the Tuscan-Emilian Apennines. Hikers will also love the landscapes of Parco dei Cento Laghi and Boschi di Carrega.
After intense experiences, you will have appetite and this is the perfect place to cover it. Together with the nearby Piacenza, the Province of Parma is the Italian "food valley", because of enormous quantity of gastronomic specialities produced in this territory.
First courses such as gnocchi, anolini, cappelletti, tortelli, tortél dòls, with truffles or porcini mushrooms and the legendary Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, loved all over the world. Then there are cold cuts: Parma ham, Felino salame, culatello, strolghino and many others; with a sip of sincere Lambrusco or Malvasia. There is something to satisfy everyone's palates!
Enjoy a holiday in the Province of Parma, enjoy a holiday as a master!