The Historical Ways of Emilia - Via dei Linari (Parma)

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Via dei Linari was born as an ancient detour of Via Francigena, it takes its name from the Abbey located on the border ridge between Emilia and Tuscany. 
Historically an alternative commercial and pilgrimage route to reach Rome and Lucca, today it is a path rich in nature, art and fine food and wine.

Via dei Linari is a moderately difficult path that crosses places of great naturalistic importance, such as the Unesco Biosphere Reserve of the Tuscan-Emilian Apennines, and places of long food production tradition, such as Langhirano, the land of Parma Ham, a stone's throw from the romantic Torrechiara Castle, keeper of the love story between Pier Maria Rossi and his beloved Bianca Pellegrini. 

  • Length
    48 hours
  • Interests
    Nature & Outdoor
  • Target
  • First stop - Fidenza Fidenza

    We start from Fidenza where the route deviates from Via Francigena towards Parma. 

    In Fidenza the splendid Romanesque cathedral, dedicated to San Donnino, prepares pilgrims for the journey through the narratives of its high relief antelamic sculptures

  • Second stop - Parma Parma

    Parma, UNESCO creative City for Gastronomy,  welcomes travellers coming from the west along Via Emilia in the Church of Santa Croce, which still preserves interesting Romanesque capitals and traces of an ancient past. 

    The religious centre of the city is Piazza Duomo with the Cathedral, the Baptistery and the Bishop's Palace.

  • Third stop - Torrechiara Castle Langhirano

    The route continues towards Lagastrello along the valley of the Parma stream until we reach the impressive Torrechiara Castle, which dominates the landscape from the top of a hill. 
    Here we stop to immerse ourselves in a medieval atmosphere and taste the excellent Colli di Parma PDO wines.

  • Fourth stop - Langhirano Langhirano

    In Torrechiara the flat route ends and the climb towards the Apennines begins. 

    In Langhirano a stop at Parma Ham Museum is a must, before continuing on to Badia Cavana (or Abbazia di San Basilide), a Romanesque abbey built in the 12th century at the behest of Bernardo degli Uberti. 

  • Fifth stop - Tizzano Val Parma Tizzano Val Parma

    Pieve di San Pietro in Tizzano Val Parma also marks the stages of this route, that begins the ascent of Val d'Enza in the Valli dei Cavalieri, passing through Ranzano, Palanzano and Rigoso. These are also places of great naturalistic importance, part of the Unesco Biosphere Reserve of the Tuscan-Emilian Apennines.

  • Sixth stop - Passo del Lagastrello Tizzano Val Parma

    Finally you reach the Linari Abbey, of which today you can see only a few remains, surrounded by the charm of the place that controlled this important communication and trade route for centuries.

Last update 27/12/2021

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IAT R Fidenza Casa Cremonini
Piazza Duomo - Fidenza (PR)
+ 39 0524 83377 Opening: all year round
IAT-R Parma
Piazza Giuseppe Garibaldi, 1 - Parma (PR)
+ 39 0521 218889 Opening: all year round
IAT Torrechiara
Strada del Castello, 10 - Langhirano (PR)
+ 39 0521 355009 Opening: all year round

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