The ancient duchy of Parma and Piacenza is full of castles and noble palaces, built over the centuries by the richest and most important families in the area.
Each castle or palace has its own unique features. One example is the magnificent rooms and precious original furnishings of the Stronghold of Soragna, which was built for the Meli Lupi family. Nearby, we visit the impressive stronghold of the Fontanellato Castle, which is unique not only for its optical room – the only one still in working order – but also for the exquisite room of Diana and Acteon, painted by the artist known as Il Parmigianino. For romantics we suggest the Torrechiara Castle, with its backdrop of breathtaking hills and its spectacular Golden Room painted by Benedetto Bembo. Or if you’re curious about how the dukes of Parma lived, visit their summer residence and court garden in Colorno Palace, also known as “petit Versailles” for its numerous elegant rooms. Our tour incorporates visits to a typical dairy, where we watch each step in the production of Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, and to a cellar to see the Culatello di Zibello (a cured ham for which the area is famed). So now you can put together your ideal tour… What are you waiting for? Choose the castle you find most inspiring!