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Castles of the Duchy of the Piacenza and Parma area

Castles of the Duchy of the Piacenza and Parma area

Via Emilia: along the ancient road This itinerary runs along the Via Emilia and precisely along the stretch between the Parma and Piacenza areas, where the Duchy of Parma and Piacenza ruled between 1545 and 1859. One of the world's oldest roads, nowadays known as State Road 9, the Via Emilia is one of Emilia Romagna's prides, as well as being at the origin of the region's very name. Roman road with an epic flavour, in some sections retaining the original cobblestones. Many centuries of history are encompassed here, from the Middle Ages to the Enlightenment, scattered traces of culture and architecture. Nearby are castles, fortresses and manor houses, extraordinary examples of the art of fortification. Along the route, the landscape changes from the Bassa Padana to the Apennines of Emilia, in a panorama of hills covered with vineyards, streams and verdant valleys. A plunge into medieval atmospheres and witnessing of historical re-enactments in costume. The itinerary is exciting for everyone, including children; educational and exploratory workshops and even a magical Fairy Tale Park in Gropparello are dedicated to them. To make the day truly enjoyable, don't forget to organise a picnic on the lawn, as well as a stop at taverns and castle markets. If you like honest restaurants, you will find many on this stretch of road where you can enjoy renowned cured meats accompanied by local CDO wines.
Food and wine
Tuscany's extra virgin olive oil villages

Tuscany's extra virgin olive oil villages

It is not easy to find experiences and locations in Tuscany that have not already been minutely recounted and extolled by travellers of all ages and backgrounds. Indeed, this region, with its wonders of art and landscape, occupies a privileged place on the Olympus of world tourism. By changing the point of view, however, and going in search of not only the places of architecture and history but also, for example, the areas best known for the production of a specific product of enogastronomic excellence, one can still make unexpected discoveries, visiting a land, Tuscany, that never ceases to amaze. It is around extra virgin olive oil and other Tuscan flavours that this itinerary is based, developed through a number of inland villages in the provinces of Florence, Pisa and Lucca; villages that have managed to keep their identity intact, linked to ancient farming traditions, as well as, and this is inevitable in Tuscany, to the monuments that have made their history. Thus we will pass slightly off the most frequented Tuscan routes, among the historical centres and the immediate surroundings of Barberino Tavarnelle, Vicopisano and Montecarlo, small villages with an authentic appearance, ideal destinations for slow and conscious tourism. With this in mind, it is not surprising to learn that the three resorts boast the Orange Flag award from the Italian Touring Club, testifying to the excellent quality of their tourist offer.

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