A weekend for two
Famous worldwide as the capital of gastronomy, Parma unites art, food and culture in an attractive trident for tourists from all over the world. Perfect for a weekend for two!
The city centre is full of artistic masterpieces, vast green areas and small and great treasures from different eras. It welcomes visitors and citizens in a refined atmosphere as a small capital.
Not to mention the provincial towns, including residences and palaces, medieval castles, churches, museums, gardens, streets and squares.
A weekend for two
Here’s our must-see guide to fully enjoy a weekend as a real Parma citizen !
Since Parma is the home of Parmigiano Reggiano DOP, What better way to start our journey through a weekend for two than with an immersive experience in one of the area’s historic dairies?
Iris, is an organic and family-run farm since 1997, located in the small village of Rivalta, in the municipality of Lesignano de ‘Bagni. Produces, matures and sells a Parmigiano Reggiano produced entirely with cow’s milk from their organic farm.
Must-see the morning tour of the farm, available only with reservation, that allows the guests to see the production processes processi di produzione of this incredible product with international charm, with lots of tastings and tastings. The farm is a path, from the stable to the seasoning, and is equipped with a company shop.
Must try: “Fieno di maggio” in combination with “Falstaff”, Barbera without sulfites.
Lunch at “Osteria Dolcesale”
It’s time for lunch!
In the centre of Langhirano, 20 minutes from Parma, Osteria Dolcesale is ready to welcome you.
This tavern has a cocktail bar and offers the genuine cuisine of the Parma tradition to tell the stories of our land, completing the flavor of its dishes through an experience that combines tradition, harmony and passion.
Their vast range of proposals goes from the classic tortello d’erbetta to pizza gourmet, to the ever-present chopping board.
Must try: Tortelli di Zucca alla parmigiana with Gelasio 2021
Alernative afternoon – Simonini&Marvani
Why limit yourself to the classic shopping or the usual downtown walk?
Langhirano is the land of cured meats, of open windows, of Prosciutto di Parma. Here, the Simonini&Marvani cured meat factory offers the possibility to take a close look at the productive processes of this unique product known all over the world. It also gives you the possibility to taste and buy their famous Prosciutto di Parma DOP.
Was founded in 1968 by Simonini Delio and Marvani Franca, driven by the moments of meeting and sharing lived with their children during the preparation of pigs for home seasoning.
Since then, even if the most advanced technologies help the production, the company today remains in the name of the family continuing to transmit those values of authenticity and simplicity of always: only a little salt, pork and great tradition of sweetness.
Must try: Prosciutto di Parma 24 mesi with Vedova Nera rosè sparkling wine
Dinner at “Trattoria Ceriati”
Between the Salsomaggiore hills, Trattoria Ceriati is located in the quiet village of Cangelasio.
It is a simple but well-kept trattoria, with in the menu the inevitable dishes of the Parmesan tradition, such as cold cuts (and an excellent torta fritta!), the typical local pasta such as tortelli and cappelletti, meat and of course desserts.
Indicated as best value for money by the Michelin guide.
Must try: the fine cuts of meat with the Poggio red still wine
Breakfast at Pasticceria Tosi
In order to start the second day at its best, Pasticceria Tosi awaits you in the center of Salsomaggiore Terme: founded in 1962, has since then been considered synonymous of quality and excellence thanks to its healthy, genuine ingredients and its variety of products offered.
An excellent coffee and a homemade croissant are the prelude to the best days.
Specialities of the house: the award-winning Focaccia di Tosi, typical panettone produced all year round!
Cantina Il Poggio
Staying in the hills of Salsomaggiore, Cangelasio is home to one of the most beautiful places in the area. The Cantina il Poggio is in fact located at the highest point of the hill, offering its guests tastings of award-winning wines of its own production, immersed in the tranquility of a suggestive panorama.
The cultural tastings are guided by exprert enologists, who touch the wine of the winery with their hands, every day. Two hours of pleasure divided into three main moments: story and history of the estate, visit to the winery to discover the production processes, and cultural tasting, in the tasting room with panoramic terrace obtained from an old hangar.
Each wine will be paired with a tipical local product, that will enhance its characteristics and qualities.
Te cellar is equipped with a shop and a large parking lot.
Unmissable snack: Magritte gelati al cubo
<div><br class=”Apple-interchange-newline”>We move to the heart of Fidenza, 10 minutes from Salsomaggiore Terme and twenty minutes from Parma, to have a snack with a real experience of ice cream “Magritte- Gelati al cubo”.
A tasting itinerary that brings the world of ice cream parlours close to that of haute cuisine, able to entertain, satisfy and tell a very personal concept of ice cream. What earned Gian Luca Cavi the award as Gelatiere Emergente in the guide Gelaterie d’Italia del Gambero Rosso.
The incredible variety of their tastes ranges from a simple cream, to a fruit taste with the insertion of skins to give crunchiness to the palate, up to flavors that recall the French breakfast as “Pain au chocolat”. Must try!
Highly recommended taste “pane, burro e marmellata”.
Labirinto della masone
ith over 3km of path, in Fontanellato you will find a structure that will take you, between art and nature, to immerse you through the narrow streets of the largest bamboo maze in the world.
“Labirinto della Masone” is the largest bamboo maze in the world.
Designed by Franco Maria Ricci, it is suitable for all types of audiences, from families to those who want to spend a day alone. It also houses galleries and temporary exhibitions, as well as a permanent art exhibition.
Inside the structure, there are also the Bookshop and the Labyrinth ticket office together with the restaurant “Il Labirinto by 12 Monaci”, the Bistro and the Shop for a quick aperitif in a charming place.
Dinner in a castle – Osteria del castello
The Castle of Scipione of the Marquises Pallavicino, one of the oldest in the region, stands and watches over the hills of great landscape value overlooking the Regional Park of Stirone and Piacenza, a few minutes from Salsomaggiore Terme and halfway between Parma and Piacenza. You can fin it in the small and charming medieval village called Scipione Castello.
Here stands the historic restaurant “Osteria del Castello” in the village of Scipione! Ready to offer a menu of the Emilian tradition, it also presents the option of a refined and gourmet menu of clear Valdostan imprint, given by the origin of the two young holders: The guest will also be introduced gradually into the gastronomic culture thanks to the dishes of chef Jerome.
Da provare: tagliere di formaggi con il Pensiero, passito di Malvasia da uve surmature.
Breakfast at pasticceria Bombè
In the heart of the city of Parma there is a place ready to welcome you! It will offer you relaxing and convivial moments in an enveloping and refined in aesthetics, in the elements of furniture and light. A small space on Strada Farini and one in Via Emilia that give emotions, places that promise to make you feel good, pampered and served with sincere professionalism and excellence.
It is the Bombé pastry shop, which carries in its name a promise of abundance, ideas and passion!
Duomo and Baptistery
In a weekend for two in the beautiful Parma can not miss nice walk in the center of Parma, the petit lumiére as it was defined in the past for the characteristic tree-lined avenues and the good habit of Parmesans to travel by bicycle.
And since we are in the center of Parma, we must visit the Duomo and the Baptistery. For 900 years they have been a place of art, history and sacredness. Here are kept the bas-reliefs of Benedetto Antelami, the testimonies of Romanesque art and the great frescoes by Antonio Allegri known as Correggio. Entering these places means living the faith, opening up to art and approaching one of the most precious treasures of the city.
Entry is free, but the opening follows the schedule of the liturgy, to be verified from day to day.
Not far from Piazza Duomo, to conclude these three days of full immersion in the Parmesan and Parmesan culture, a typical Parmesan dinner is what we need!
Under the arcades of one of the streets of the city center there is a small tavern called Rangon. It isrenowned for good food and good wine, for its warm atmosphere and to spend a pleasant evening among the typical flavors of Parmesan cuisine.
The authenticity of a tavern like perhaps noone else.
Rangon offers the opportunity to sit in one of the most authentic villages of Parma, Borgo delle Colonne, and enjoy a good glass of Malvasia waiting for the sun to come down. You can also sit in the tables inside for a great plate of anolini in steaming broth and a great cotechino.
Perfect conclusion of a weekend for two !
Must try: the great classic is the aperitif with Parmigianino, sparkling Malvasia.
Cantina il Poggio
Parma by night