Two day tour of the Provinces of Parma and Reggio Emilia

Itinera Emilia invites you to visit the Provinces of Parma and Reggio Emilia on a two day tour. Not just the cities, but also a day in the surrounding countryside where you will discover the famous sights and flavours of the Province, from Castles and Palaces to the Gastronomic delights of the area.

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Day 1

A Morning in Reggio Emilia

Piazza dei Teatri: The theatrical vocation of the city is testified to by the presence of two beautiful theatres in close proximity. The Teatro Ariosto, dates from the eighteenth-century, and is dedicated to the great Reggio poet, Ariosto. The second is the Teatro Municipale “Valli”, which stages some of the greatest ballet performances in Italy.

Piazza Grande (or Piazza Prampolini): Lined on three sides by buildings dating from the middle ages, it is bounded on the East by the Cathedral with its unfinished facade, the Baptistery and the Bishop’s Palace.  To north the Palazzo del Monte, the original seat of the City Government, and on the South side, the City Hall with its “Sala del Tricolore”, here you can visit the actual place where the National Flag of Italy was “born” in 1797.

Piazza San Prospero: walking through the “Broletto”, a medieval covered passage, we enter the Piazza of the Basilica constructed in the 10th century and dedicated to the Patron Saint of the city, Saint Prospero, to its side is an uncompleted 16th Century octagonal tower. Inside the church you can see a beautiful series of frescos painted by Camillo Procaccini in the latter years of the century, and a wooden choir of two lines of stalls carved by the brothers Cristoforo and Lorenzo da Lendinara.

Santuario della Madonna della Ghiara: the sanctuary of “Our Lady of Ghiara” was begun in 1597 on the spot where a miracle took place near an ancient fresco of the Madonna, it houses the works of great “Emilian” artists of the 17th Century including Alessandro Tiarini, Orazio Talami, Luca Ferrari, Lionello Spada and Giovanni Francesco Barbieri “il Guercino”.

Valli Theatre

An Afternoon in the province of Reggio Emilia

We begin the visit with a tour of an “Acetaia”, a producer of the traditional Balsamic Vinegar of Reggio Emilia: this balsam appreciated by Kings and Emperors since the Middle Ages, is produced in the farmhouses and great houses of the province.  You will discover the secrets of the production and ageing of this special vinegar in several batteries of progressively smaller barrels as it becomes more concentrated. During the visit it is possible to taste this inimitable elixir which cannot be compared to the industrial vinegar that we generally know.The afternoon continues in Brescello, a small town in the Padana Lowlands, which was the setting for Guareschi’s series of films - “Don Camillo e Peppone”. The visit takes us through the places where some of the most famous scenes were filmed, the Church with the “talking Crucifix”, the streets, the squares, the porticos and the Railway Station. But possibly what strikes the visitor most is the atmosphere that seems to transport you back in time and you can almost feel and touch those much loved characters!

Vinegar of Reggio Emilia

Day 2 - Morning


Meet “The King of Cheeses”: the day begins with the ritual of cheese production. You will discover the secrets of the “birth” of the most famous of cheeses - Parmigiano Reggiano, how the thousands of actions refined over the centuries give us this remarkable product which you will, of course, be able to taste at the end of the visit.

We then return to the historical city centre of Parma to see Piazza Duomo (The Cathedral Square). The Cathedral, a splendid example of Romanesque architecture enriched by the painted dome; one of Correggio’s most famous masterpieces,  and the 13th Century Baptistery, a unique jewel of medieval building by the great architect Benedetto Antelami. Palazzo della Pilotta: the Farnese Theatre, a treasure among museums, a huge theatre constructed entirely of wood, beautifully restored to its former glory, originally built in 1618.

This half day itinerary is entirely in the heart of the city and we walk along the streets and lanes of the historical centre; through its many squares seeing other monuments such as the Teatro Regio (Maria Luisa’s Royal Theatre), the offices of the City Council (housed in the historical “Corn Exchange”) and the Governor’s Palace in Piazza Garibaldi.


Busseto and Giuseppe Verdi

We propose an itinerary loosely centred in the Padana plain between the River Po and the Via Emilia, to the North East of Parma, an area known as the “BASSA” - lowlands.
We will visit the village of le Roncole and the birthplace of Giuseppe Verdi, the Church of San Michele Arcangelo which houses the very organ on which the young Verdi played his first notes. Just 6 km from Roncole is the town of Busseto where we find the “Giuseppe Verdi” theatre, the Verdi museum of Casa Barezzi, and the Franciscan Abbey of Santa Maria degli Angeli . We will also see the Museo Nazionale Giuseppe Verdi  in Villa Pallavicino. Crossing the Torrente Ongina* we come into the Province of Piacenza and on to “Villa Verdi” the destination for all those pilgrims passionate about Verdi. Here you can visit the rooms with the original furnishings and the garden planted by the Maestro himself.  (*a torrente is a seasonal river, often a dry bed in summer it becomes a raging torrent after heavy rainfall)

Giuseppe Verdi's Home

For further information please contact:
Tel. +39 327 7469902

Or book this tour online now.

Book this tour online now.

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