To become so good, Parmigiano Reggiano needs to be surrounded by beauty!
Do you find it hard to believe? Come visit us in Serravalle Ceno and take the opportunity to enjoy a tour of the area and discover all the wonders around us!
As soon as you take the Provincial road 28 to Bardi, you will find yourself surrounded by the medieval atmosphere of the village of Viazzano, made unique by its several tower houses.
Then you will reach Varano, with the fascinating Pallavicino castle dating back to the XI century. The castle is open to the public for guided tours (on weekends and holydays) and special events.
Just a few km away from us, you will find the village of Vianino, which retains few, but significant traces of its past: the only pillar left from the old gate of the village and the round tower, which is all that remains of the ancient castle.
Just a few steps away from us, you can admire the rural church of San Lorenzo, probably dating back to the X - XI century and its baptistery, which is considered the oldest remaining Christian building in the Province of Parma.
Not far from Serravalle flows the river Pessola, which forms some amazing waterfalls. It is possible to reach them through a track about 2 km long, which starts in the hamlet of Ronchi (municipality of Varsi). A longer track starts from Specchio di Solignano: it is about 6 km long, and you can enjoy the view of the private fortress of Castelcorniglio while walking along it.
Just outside the town of Varsi, you can reach the castle of Golaso. It is closed to the public and it has quite a curious feature: according to a local tale, the structure of the building might be associated with the calendar system, since it would include 12 sets of stairs, 30 doors and 365 windows.
On a day of fine weather, you can have a picnic on the top of Monte Barigazzo (Leave Varsi, cross Tosca and the ruins of Città d’Umbria; you will reach two parallel ridges of mountains that offer a spectacular view of the Parma Apennines) and then visit the deserted village of Lavacchielli; or you can just relax and bathe in the river Ceno.
Once you are in Bardi, enjoy a tour of the castle, which is among the major examples of military architecture in Italy and offers a breath-taking view of the Apennine mountains. The fortress is open almost all year and it hosts exhibitions and museums. Also worth seeing is the former church of San Francesco, currently used as an auditorium, as well as the church of Santa Maria Addolorata, which contains an early work by Parmigianino.