A stop on the ancient Via Francigena, Fidenza's best-known monument is its cathedral, built in the Romanesque style between the 12th and 13th centuries. Not far from the cathedral, you can also visit the Roman bridge (1st century AD) and the medieval tower, the only remaining gate of the town's ancient walls. Another noteworthy building is the Teatro Magnani, an early 19th century theatre with an elegant foyer.
A veritable Mecca for luxury shopping at discounted prices. The outlet boasts more than 120 shops for fashion and accessories, offering discounts of up to 70%. Fidenza Village is located next to the "Fidenza-Salsomaggiore Terme" exit of the A1 motorway, one hour's drive from Milan and Bologna.
Giuseppe Verdi was born in the hamlet of Le Roncole, a 5-minute drive from Busseto. In Le Roncole, you can visit the maestro's birthplace, which has been transformed into a small multimedia museum. In Busseto, you can find the Giuseppe Verdi National Museum, located in the Villa Pallavicino; the Giuseppe Verdi Theatre, part of the Rocca Pallavicino; Casa Barezzi, the home of the composer's first patron; and the Palazzo Orlandi, Verdi's residence in the mid-nineteenth century. Just outside Busseto, in Sant'Agata, lies the Villa Verdi, the country estate where Giuseppe Verdi lived for almost fifty years.
Want to enjoy stunning views from one of the most beautiful villages in Italy? Castell'Arquato is set high on a hill in the Val d'Arda, surrounded by the vineyards of the Colli Piacentini. Its medieval alleys will lead you to the Rocca Viscontea and the monumental square, framed by the Palazzo del Podestà, the Collegiata, and the Loggia dei Notari. For a truly breathtaking vista, head up to the terraces of the Rocca.
Dominated by a medieval castle, this small hamlet is an unmissable destination. Listed as one of the most beautiful villages in Italy, and awarded an Orange Flag by the Touring Club Italiano, Vigoleno is a perfect example of a fortified medieval town. In addition to the castle itself, the surrounding walls house the Romanesque Church of San Giorgio (12th century), as well as the village square and its 16th century fountain.
The historic centre of Parma is a real treasure chest. The cathedral is a particular gem, with its dome decorated by Correggio and its pink marble baptistery. The frescoes in the Monastery of San Giovanni Evangelista and the Camera di San Paolo are also by Correggio. Just a few minutes' walk away, you can find the Teatro Regio, the Church of Santa Maria della Steccata, and the Palazzo della Pilotta, which is home to the National Gallery, the Farnese Theatre, a sumptuous 17th century wooden building with surprising acoustics, the Palatine Library, the Bodoni Museum, and the Archaeological Museum. For shopping, food and prêt-à-porter fashion, stroll along Via Cavour, Strada Repubblica and Via Mazzini. Need a relaxing break? Head to the Parco Ducale, the green heart of Parma.