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Enchanted locations overflowing with history, castles which testimony a thriving past and lands which once belonged to dukes, princes and marquises: this is the art which surrounds the territory of Parma and Piacenza.

The Castles

  • Felino Castle. Located between Parma and Baganza, its prisons and torture chambers are still intact, austere testimony of the Medieval wars.

  • Torrechiara Castle. Tangible proof of a true love, that between Pier Maria Rossi, count of Bercerto, and Bianca Pellegrini, for whom he created a room of gold and rendered their union immortal by carving the words: “Nunc et Semper” (now and always), on the walls.

  • Montechiarugolo Castle. Amongst the Carrega woods, tall and grand, appears this trapezoidal shaped castle, unique in its genre, pride of the Marchi family, who are still the proprietors today.
The city of Parma is an architectural jewel, with its Cathedral and Baptistery, a circular area divided between Correggio and Parmigianino, the Regio Theatre, protagonist of memorable seasons, Garibaldi Square and the Clock Tower.
Arturo Toscanini and Giuseppe Verdi
Giuseppe Verdi began his incredible musical output in 1840, when, with the fiasco of his second opera “Un giorno di Regno” (King for a day), he put an end to a troubled period which was already marked by the death of his wife and two children.
Amongst his most famous works we can mention the “Va’ pensiero” and “La Traviata”, both directed by Arturo Toscanini, great admirer of the Parmesan composer: the first on the occasion of the transfer of Verdi’s remains in 1902, the year after his death, and the second for the Verdi centenary celebrations in Busseto.
Inside Grand Hotel Terme Astro, a pleasant surprise awaits you, the opening of the Alhambra Beauty Farm. Go