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Parma - Stretch of the via Francigena

From Tabiano to Cisa Pass


Of the great roads that crisscrossed Europe in the Middle Ages, one of the most important was the Via Francigena which connected Rome to the North Sea.  Today, what we consider to be the fundamental part of that “Via” is that which was passed down to us by the precise memory of the Archbishop of Canterbury Sigerico who in 990 went to Rome to receive the Pallium.  Along the Parma stretch it is possible to discover parish churches, abbeys, monasteries and castles.  The environment has been preserved in parks and natural reserves.  This itineraries can be taken slowly, enjoying the marvelous landscape.


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From Tabiano to Fornovo Taro: 30 km (6 hours)

Leaving from Tabiano (well known for its castle and thermal springs) in the midst of a lot of greenery, then going up to and around the Regional River Park of the Taro, you hit Medesano, Felegara (here the castle dates back to 972).  Then to the intersection of the rivers Ceno and Sporzana in Taro, Fornovo spring, a very important stop for pilgrims who here found a place to rest, pray and get some information before facing the Apennines.  Noteworthy is the Church of Santa Maria Assunta built in 854.


From Fornovo Taro to Berceto: 40 km (8 hours)

The tour continues on from Fornovo going along the river or choosing the high road, you go on to Terenzo, Cassio and passing by the castle of Casola and the Villa, you go past Monte Bardone, Castellonchio.  You arrive in Berceto and the Valbona.

From Bercelo to Pontremoli: 35 km (6 hours and 30 min.)

Leaving Berceto, the path leads to Cisa: a stop at the Sanctuary of the Guard built in 1920 is a must.  Continuing on, you reach Pontremoli after an exciting journey through old walls and parish churches, finally reaching the ancient Castle of Piagnaro.


Places of stop

Food Bed Stable Horseshoe
1 - Salsomaggiore    PR  
Azienda Agricola C. I. "La Valle"
via Tabiano Castello, 48
tel. 0524.62191
Food Stable Horseshoe
2 - Ramiola - Medesano    PR  
Circolo ippico Ranch "Le Corde"
via Solferino
tel. 0525.430546 - cell. 3474541842
Closed in December
Food Stable Horseshoe
3 - Rubbiano - Solignano    PR  
Azienda Agrituristica "Tre Colli"
via V.Veneto, 85
tel. 0525.400036 - fax 0525.406830
Closed in January and on Mondays
Food Stable
4 - Berceto    PR  
Azienda Agricola "Ca' del vento"
Località Valbona
tel. 0525.60165
From December to March: open only Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
Food Bed Stable Horseshoe
Last modified Feb 21, 2011

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