Emilia Romagna, haunted castles and tasting tour

A guided tour of the Castles of the Duchy of Parma and Piacenza, with tasting of traditional local products and wine.

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Water is bad for you and wine makes you sing

Italian proverb

Four day escorted tour in Emilia Romagna between the haunted Castles of the Duchy of Parma and Piacenza, with a network of 24 fortresses, frescoed and furnished manors, perfectly preserved. You can discover an ancient world rich of culinary traditions and beauty: learn about the history of Italy from the Middle Ages to the belle epoque, between historic villages, museums, food and wine stops in ancient cellars. You will experience the thrill of the places where, between intrigues and power games, important love stories, that marked the course of history, are born.


Castles of the Province of Parma
History and mystery

This tour will immerse you in the history of some castles, inhabited by princes, counts and marquises of Emilia Romagna. You’ll visit the Rocca Meli Lupi of Soragna (PR) where, legend tells, that ghost of Donna Cenerina, killed by her brother-in-law in 1573, still walk around the corridors of the Castle. Following you’ll visit the Roccabianca Castle. You’ll continue to Colorno, where you’ll visit the famous Colorno Palace, where the Farnese, Bourbons and Maria Luigia of Austria used to live: a royal palace that includes 400 rooms placed in front of an elaborate architectural plant of gardens, conceived by the noble condottiere Roberto Sanseverino at the end of the fifteenth century.  Finally you’ll reach Fontanellato where you can find the Rocca Sanvitale, an imposing fortress erected in the 14th  century and transformed, into a residence of the noble Counts Sanvitale. Don’t forget to make an inevitable stop at the Museum of Parmigiano Reggiano from Soragna.

The flavors of Piacenza cuisine
Castles of the Province of Piacenza

Visit the village of Vigoleno considered one of the most beautiful towns in Italy. Walking through this village you’ll discover how people lived in the Middle Ages, visit the Castle, transformed in the 20s and 30s into an extraordinary cultural club where eminent personalities, among others, Gabriele D’Annunzio and Max Ernst, were used to be welcome guests. Visit the Rocca Viscontea of ​​Castel’Arquato where you’ill arrive climbing between cobbled streets and curves. You’ ll admire this place of harmony walking between the fortress, the Palazzo del Podestà and that of the Duke. You’ll then reach the oldest castle in the province of Piacenza: the Rocca d’Olgisio, one of the most suggestive fortresses both for its dominant position of the valleys, crossed by the rivers Tidone and Chiarone, and for its architecture.

Typical tastings
The wines of the Val Tidone winery

At the Castle of Rivalta  you’ll experience a lunch in an ancient inn  run for decades by a local family. It offers dishes that reproduce the flavors of a rich and varied tradition. In a rustic setting, with terracotta floors and ceilings with wooden beams, it is possible to taste the anolini alla piacentina, the classic dish cooked for the festivity. Before returning to your accomodation, stop for an aperitif with tasting of some typical products, such as cold cuts and cheeses. There is no shortage of wines from the Val Tidone winery, in particular the Gutturnio, the flagship of the Riserva del Conte, called Res Alta, which has the peculiarity of being aged in the cellars of the castle.

Accommodation in a prestigious hotel
Between nature and relax

During your stay you will spend your nights in prestigious historic buildings in a typical and unique atmosphere of the medieval village, among the hills of the province of Parma, between forests of oak and countryside.

Note: The tour can be customized based on your needs and all the services are subject to availability at the moment of booking. The estimated rates must be confirmed at the moment of booking

Tour: what is included or excluded

Included in the price

  • 3 nights in a Charme Relais in Tabiano
    Half board
  • Car with private driver for all the itinerary
  •  All the Castles visits
  •  2 Lunches
  • Visit to Rocca D’Algisio (PC)
  • Gold tour to Castel of Rivalta
  • Assistance 24/7
  • Itinerary plan

Excluded from the price

  • Flight/Train
  • Meals where not included

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    Emilia Romagna, haunted castles and tasting tourLocal flavors and haunted castle
    Duration - 4 Days
    Advised period - March - October
    The tour starts from - Parma
    The tour ends in - Parma
    Num. of travelers - Min. Flexible
    Estimated rate (per person) - € 1080
    The rate is based on 2 people
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