The Duchy of Parma and Piacenza: twenty-three castles to discover history and local traditions

The twenty-three castles from the Parma and Piacenza land

The Duchy of Parma and Piacenza, which extends from the Appennine to the Po river, is full of history, art, culture, and gastronomy.

There are 23 castles in the whole area which are connected to the most important Italian noble families, such as the Borbone, Farnese, Landi, Pallavicino, Sforza, Lupi, Visconti, Malaspina, Rossi, Sanvitale, Maria Luigia and Napoleon. Plus, both fortresses and palaces keep arts and masterpieces from the Middle Age, the Renaissance, Baroque and Enlightment, Romanticism and Belle Epoque, up to the 20th Century.

Visits to the castles have started only in 1999: since then, Emilia Romagna’s lovers have been able to take different kinds of tours around the land, from one castle to the other, tasting typical foods and wines.

An example offered by tour operators is the 50- 60 km bike itinerary along Parma’s trails as well as a "slow” discovery of the world of Guareschi and Verdi. Tours around this idyllic environment will take you to the place where Parmesan and “Prosciutto di Parma” were born.

Another option is represented by the exciting air-balloon flights, to admire the Castles from the sky and enjoy the amazing view of wavy hills and the ancient manors.


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