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Fontanellato Fort
The square structure is surrounded by a wide moat three metres deep, whose waters came, until the start of the century, from natural sources. Inside, it is home to formal quarters furnished with antiques and objects dating from the 1500s, 1600s and 1700s. The central tower, angular towers and square courtyard are elements of defensive architecture that were successfully incorporated into the later alterations to obtain a noble courtyard. This purpose is masterfully achieved in Parmigianino’s work in the Diana and Actaeon Room, painted for Paola Gonzaga and Galeazzo Sanvitale in 1524.
Soragna Fort
This fort, which was built around 1385, with a square floor plan and four towers in the corners, was transformed into a sumptuous princely residence in the early 1600s. It was later further altered in the 17th and 18th centuries by the Meli Lupi princes and still belongs to the same family that opened it partly to the public. The old castle of Soragna, which is still capable of offering visions, tangible atmospheres of distant worlds, artistic treasures, pictorial clips, magnificently frescoed halls, drawing rooms, furniture, galleries of ancestors’ portraits and weapon rooms.
Teatro Regio
Connected to Verdi’s melodrama and famous for its demanding public of enthusiasts, Parma’s royal theatre was built between 1821 and 1829 to designs by Nicola Bettoli on commission by Marie-Louise of Austria.
The Regio was officially opened in May 1829, with Bellini’s novel “Zaira”, which was specially composed for the occasion.
Every year, this prestigious venue stages events, concerts and an interesting opera season.
Inside Grand Hotel Terme Astro, a pleasant surprise awaits you, the opening of the Alhambra Beauty Farm. Go