An hidden gem all to be tasted and discovered.
Stretching from the Po plain to the Appennino mountains, the Food Valley is a perfect microcosm of everything beautiful about Italy: delicious food, warm hospitality and a rich cultural heritage. The city of Parma is a gem to explore and boasts the title of UNESCO creative city of Gastronomy.
A Powerful State
in the Middle Ages
Before Italian unification in 1861 the Duchy of Parma and Piacenza grew rich and strong thanks to a strategic position in the fertile Po plain. Nowaday the marvelous castles of the ruling noble families are scattered in the area offering perfect examples of medieval architecture.
The region is also renowned for a rich artistic heritage with masterpieces of maestros like Parmigianino and Coreggio conserved in the majestic Duomo di Parma and in the National Gallery. Giuseppe Verdi, Italian most acclaimed composer, was locally born and his operas still resonate at the magnificent Teatro Regio, one of the most important Opera houses in Europe.
Rolling hills and
With a perfect mixture of gentle hills, unbeaten mountains and a jagged coastline the Food Valley is the ideal playground for every kind of cyclist.
The quiet roads of the Colli di Parma, dotted with vineyards and castles, leave place to higher inclines moving towards the Appennini mountain range. Through these mighty peaks, beautiful and unbeaten roads as Passo del Bocco and Passo della Cappelletta offer incredible landscapes and are the gateway to the pristine Ligurian Sea.
EAT AND DRINK
Parmigiano Reggiano, the king of cheeses, is lovingly produced on these hills. Massive wheels resting in the store. Next door prestigious cured meats are seasoning as well: Parma Ham, Culatello di Zibello, Salame di Felino.
Food here is such a serious matter that every one of these delights has its own dedicated museum. The region is also renown for yummy pasta fresca with varieties such as tortelli, anolini and cappelletti to be devoured in family run trattorias.
A glass of Lambrusco, a refreshing and versatile red wine, fully enhance the flavours while a sip of Vin Santo di Vigoleno, a unique nectar produced in the area, is the perfect conclusion to a bountiful feast.
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