By bike or by boat, discover the atmosphere of the " Mondo Piccolo" (Little World) described by Guareschi in his stories. Be enchanted by Verdi's land, by the surrounding fortresses and experience the authentic flavors of Culatello di Zibello and Parmigiano Reggiano
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Where

The tour, including mountain biking and trips by boat, follows Giovannino Guareschi’s footsteps, from Roncole, Giuseppe Verdi’s birthplace and village where the writer lived for a long time, to Brescello, the "kingdom"of Peppone and Don Camillo. The two-day program also includes visits to some of the most beautiful castles of Parma area between Fontanellato and Soragna and to the production and ageing sites of two typical food excellences: the Culatello di Zibello and Parmigiano-Reggiano.

Duration

2 days/1 nights. Validity: all year round, weather permitting.

Suggested for

The choice of this tour is recommended if you love the slow tourism, focusing about foodie experiences and if you're a fan of the “Peppone and Don Camillo” saga, whose characters were born from Giovannino Guareschi’s pen.

The price includes

  • N. 1 night in 3 star hotel with breakfast
  • dinner in hotel, drinks included
  • visit to a Culatello di Zibello ageing cellar
  • tasting brunch, drinks inlcluded
  • specialist MTB guide for the second day tour
  • lunch in a holiday farm 
  • visit to a Parmigiano-Reggiano dairy farm

The price does not include

Transfers, bicycles (possibility to hire them), mini cruise by boat on Po river, guided visits different from the specialised MTB, eventual entrance fees to monuments, tips, tourist tax (if foreseen), anything not expressly mentioned under “The price includes”.

Price per person

From 127 euro per person in double room, for groups of minimum 15 people.
FIT prices available on request.

 

First day

The Po river and Giovannino Guareschi’s Little World
Arrival in Parma Lowlands, in Diolo di Soragna and visit to the Giovannino Guareschi Museum.
Stop at Roncole Verdi, the little village where Giuseppe Verdi was born and where Guareschi lived until 1952, year of his death. Visit to the Giovannino Guareschi Permanent Anthological Exhibition, the small study centre, the Guareschi Archives inside the “Ventitrè” Club. Optional, visit to Verdi birthplace. Tasting-brunch at a restaurant with local cuisine of the Parma lowlands and guided tour of the annexed seasoning Cellar of the Culatello di Zibello. Afternoon, biking along the Po or boarding for a mini cruise on the river. Trasfer and guided tour of the old town centre of Brescello, the town where the Peppone and Don Camillo films were made (Parish Church with the talking Christ, Town Hall, Peppone and Don Camillo Museum). Dinner and accommodation in hotel.

Second day

Pedalling through the plain, evocative castles and unforgettable flavours
Breakfast. Transfer and meet the specialist MTB guide at the Sanvitale Castle in Fontanellato, visit to the fortress and departure by bicycle. Arrival at the farm holiday and lunch with typical local products. Afternoon, biking towards the Rocca Meli Lupi di Soragna, visit to the castle. Visit a cheese plant to see the production of Parmigiano-Reggiano. Biking towards the enchanting Romanesque San Genesio parish church and then back to the Fontanellato Castle. Departure.