Tabiano, from castles to extraordinary water
Known as the "City of Breath", Tabiano is a thermal spa town nestled in the Parma hills a few kilometers from the Salsomaggiore thermal springs.
It is an area rich in history and culture, including the Luoghi Verdiani, the nearby art cities of Piacenza, Cremona, and numerous castles and great food. However what really distinguishes Tabiano is its special water for which it is renowned all over the world.
Terme di Tabiano and Terme Emilio Respighi, curative waters
The mineral water of the Terme di Tabiano springs, known since the 1800s as the most sulfurous water in Europe, is a cold, sulfurous-sulfate-calcium-magnesium water with a very high content of hydrogen sulfide. These characteristics make it very effective for the treatment and prevention of diseases of the bronchi, ears, nose, throat and skin.
The first thermal establishment in Tabiano, however, is the Terme Emilio Respighi, much appreciated by the Duchess of Parma Maria Luigia of Austria. There, great artists of the opera scene from Caruso to Teresa Stolz, from Adelina Patti to Tamagno and many others, benefited from the prodigious waters, nurturing their powerful voices. Maestro Verdi and the librettists Illica and Boito can also be noted as regular guests at the spa.
In 1887, Dr. Prof. Emilio Respighi, brother of the famous musician Ottorino, became the Medical Director of the thermal spa, from which it takes its name today.
Another well-established thermal spa center in the city is the new T-SPATIUM Wellness Center. Thanks to its many elite services such as thermal mud, it guarantees luxurious relaxation options for natural health and well-being.
Tabiano Castello village, home of history and culture
Tabiano is much more than a spa town. You will also find the old town of the Tabiano Castle, and the historic residences of its fortified complex. Built in medieval times by the powerful Pallavicino marquises, the history of the Castle traces the wars between the Guelphs and Ghibellines, between the emperor and the Papacy.
Owned by the Corazza family, the Tabiano Castle opened to the public in 2016 and, after a recent renovation, can now be visited on guided tours lasting about 45 minutes.
Enjoy the typical beauty of the houses of the ‘Antico Borgo’ old town, now a widespread hotel Relais de Charme, Tabiano Castle is an ideal place to treat yourself to a gourmet break at the Caseifici restaurant, where you can taste the local cuisine.
For a trip in the surrounding area, outside the border of Tabiano is Bargone, an ancient manor, once a defensive bulwark, it is now a private residence. Thanks to its hilly landscape it is the perfect place for an afternoon of sporting activities including light trekking and bike excursions.