Echoes of the Duchy’s passed grandeur: travelling through Parma province between fortresses and castles, symbols of courtly art. Learn about intriguing details and discover the typical flavors of the territory.
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Where

In the Parma and Piacenza Duchy, discovering fortresses and castles: the Rocca Sanvitale in Fontanellato, the Rocca Meli Lupi in Soragna, the Rocca dei Rossi in San Secondo, the Reggia di Colorno, the Rocca di Sala Baganza, the Castello di Felino and the Castello di Torrechiara. To complete the tour, visit Parma historical center with its artistic wonders and gourmet moments devoted to Culatello di Zibello and Parmigiano-Reggiano.

Duration

3 days / 2 nights.

Validity

All year round

Suggested for

The tour is suggested for art and castle lovers and for people fond of feudal and Renaissance Lords, always in search of an intriguing detail adding a colored touch to history. Recommended for good food lovers too.

The price includes:

  • 2 nights in hotel in B&B
  • 1 dinner in restaurant with typical menu and beverages included
  • 1 dinner in hotel, beverages included
  • first day tasting-brunch in typical trattoria or restaurant in Parma Low Land
  • third day tasting in Parmigiano-Reggiano diary, beverages included

The price does not include:

Transfers, guided visits, entrance fees, tips, tourist tax (if foreseen), anything not expressly mentioned under “The price includes”.

Price per person

From 154 euro per person in double room, for groups of minimum 15 people. FIT prices available on request.

From the 15th to the 18th century, the surges of love and demonstrations of power of the feudal and Renaissance lords covered the Parma area with about thirty fortresses and castles, which are highly visible testimonies of a period of history that transformed instruments of war into residences and alcoves of refined elegance. They stand among the most important European examples of courtly art, where the pursuit of play, erotic allusion and the taste for beauty blend with the enjoyment of war and gentlemanly combat. The powerful families live on today in the throne rooms, in the frescoed halls of pomp and ceremony and on the battlemented towers and, every now and then, some ghost still returns to let the eternal nostalgia be felt and to announce woeful events.

First day

Arrival in the area. Tours of the Rocca Sanvitale di Fontanellato and the Rocca Meli Lupi di Soragna. Tasting brunch in a restaurant serving typical dishes of the Bassa Parmense area with the option of a visit to an ancient Culatello di Zibello seasoning cellar. Afternoon, castle tour of the Rocca dei Rossi di San Secondo. Return to Parma with free time for a stroll and some shopping in the historical centre. Dinner in a restaurant serving authentic regional cuisine. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Second day

Breakfast. Tour of the historical centre of Parma: Cathedral, Baptistery, S. John’s Church, Farnese Theatre, Steccata Church and the Ordine Costantiniano di San Giorgio Museum. Stroll through the Ducal Park with free time for lunch. Afternoon, visit to the ducal residence Reggia di Colorno and its Historical Garden. Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.

Third day

Breakfast. Visit a plant for the production of Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese with tasting. Visit to the Rocca Sanvitale di Sala Baganza castle and to its magnificent interiors and frescoes. Visit to the Felino Castle and lunch inside the fortress or in a typical restaurant. Afternoon, visit to the splendid Torrechiara Castle. Departure.

The Castles of the Duchy of Parma and Piacenza