- TRAVERSETOLO -
"LA CORTE" Civic Center
The first reliable information on the existence of an old house where the "Corte" stands now dates back to 1600. After many private owners, remained intact, the complex reaches the knight Bruno Agresti, former mayor of Traversetolo. Agresti will propose the purchase, on several occasions, to the Municipal Administration and, after several negotiations, in the course of 1999 the City becomes officially owner. The restoration and recovery works related to the building, to use it as a civic center and cultural container, have placed the historical and material values of the existing building in the foreground, unveiling them through a reinterpretation of the building's characters in a contemporary and minimal key.
The civic center "La Corte" is located in via F.lli Cantini, in Traversetolo, a town of 9.500 inhabitants c.a straddling Parma and Reggio Emilia. Traversetolo is 21 km from Parma, 4 km from the Magnani Rocca Foundation, 13 km from Torrechiara Castle and 13 km from Canossa Castle.
Of the "Corte" are part:
- the Municipal Library;
- "Sala delle Colonne" Exhibition Hall (also used for weddings);
- "Proferio Grossi" Council Chamber;
- "Renato Brozzi" Museum;
- Classrooms "Renato Brozzi" Museum;
- The playroom.
RENATO BROZZI Museum
In the Civic Center “La Corte” di Traversetolo (Parma), a small but prestigious museum offers a glimpse of the art and life of Renato Brozzi (Traversetolo 1885-1963), sculptor, engraver and goldsmith friend of Gabriele D'Annunzio. Of its rich production, present in museums and private collections, the correspondence with D'Annunzio is exhibited, accompanied by unusual objects of artistic value, cited in the letters. The museum also houses the entire heritage of works that Renato Brozzi wanted to leave to his hometown: paintings, sculptures, made in various techniques, expression of the Art Nouveau and Decò style, in which the artist occupied a prominent place at national level. Among the valuable objects we can mention the Luthier Cup, in gilded bronze, the Martini Rossi Trophy and some jewels. The correspondence with D'Annunzio is also exhibited at the Museum, accompanied by unusual objects of artistic value, cited in the letters.
EXTRAORDINARY OPENING every first Sunday of the month from 15:30 to 18:00. Guided tour at 16:00.
Opening hours (by reservation): Monday, Tuesday. Thursday, Saturday from 9:00 to 12:00 - Monday to Saturday from 16:00 to 19:00.
"CRONOVILLA" Nature Area
Located in a pedecollinare area and inserted in a large historical context that includes the Matildic territories, the area is spread over an area of 326.000 square meters in an ecologically very favorable position. The Enza torrent, the Termina stream and the Spelta canal, respectively encircle it on the east, north and west sides, strongly characterizing it from a geographical and environmental point of view. The area immediately revealed an enormous naturalistic potential due to its proximity to the Enza torrent and confirmed by the large influx of birds that have always found shelter during the autumn and spring migrations. It has been equipped with numerous facilities for the visit including 22 wooden observatories, one of which 32 and one of 36 seats for schools, an outdoor teaching room with pergola and tables and a circular outdoor with seats perimeter. With “Delibera di Giunta” of the Emilia Romagna Region n. 893 of 02.07.2012 the naturalistic area "Cronovilla" has become part of the Natura 2000 Network and classified as SCI - Site of Community Importance and SPA - Special Protection Area. Since September 2016 the WWF of Parma manages, in agreement with the Municipality of Traversetolo (PR), the Oasis of Cronovilla.
To arrive: the entrance to the area takes place from the hamlet of Vignale along Via San Geminiano and then following the signs relating to the Cronovilla nature area and the sports fishing lakes of the same name.
Parking: users can park their vehicles only in areas specifically marked near the entrance bar. Parking is not guarded. For disabled people entry by car is possible upon request.
MAGNANI ROCCA Foundation (“La Villa dei Capolavori”)
The Villa of the Masterpieces of Mamiano di Traversetolo (PR), home of the Magnani Rocca Foundation, hosts the prestigious collection of Luigi Magnani which includes, among others, works by Gentile da Fabriano, Filippo Lippi, Carpaccio, Dürer, Tiziano, Rubens, Van Dyck, Goya and, among the contemporaries, Monet, Renoir, Cézanne, until De Chirico, De Pisis, 50 works by Morandi, Burri, as well as sculptures by Canova and Bartolini. The Foundation was inaugurated as a museum in 1990. In the Villa, the placement of the furnishings was left as unaltered as possible to preserve the atmosphere of home: we find, in fact, precious furniture and Empire objects, including the large malachite cup of Thomire, gift of Tsar Alexander I to Napoleon, and furniture of Jacob. The restoration and transformation works of the Villa in the Museum have followed the most advanced international criteria to guarantee the perfect preservation of the works of art and the characteristics that make the Museum suitable to host even temporary exhibitions of the highest level.
Info: Via Magnani Rocca Foundation 1 - Mamiano di Traversetolo (PR) - https://www.magnanirocca.it/
- PARMA -
Parma is an elegant city of around 200.000 inhabitants located in the Italian region of Emilia-Romagna.
This riverside city is home to culinary legends -Parma ham, Parmesan cheese, Lambrusco wine, the Barilla pasta company, the Alma cooking school – and has recently been granted UNESCO creative city of gastronomy. But it also satisfies appetites for art, music and history.
Its centre is rich of art, parks, celebrated theatres and treasures from different ages: churches and monasteries and wonderful fine arts museum.
PARMA HISTORY & ART
A walk through the most important monuments and piazzas of Parma.
The tour begins with a visit to the Pilotta Palace, the symbol of the Farnese family dynasty, and the extraordinary Farnese Theater inside of it, one of the rare examples left of Renaissance theater architecture, inaugurated in 1628 for the wedding of Odoardo I Farnese and Margherita de’ Medici. A pause is made in front of the monument dedicated to the great composer Giuseppe Verdi as an introduction to the Royal Opera House (seen from the outside only), the famous 19th-century opera house built at the express wishes of Marie Louise, Duchess of Parma and wife of Napoleon. Visit Piazza Garibaldi, site of the ancient Roman forum, and its medieval city hall. Walk down Via Cavour, a pedestrian-only street filled with boutiques and shops, to get to Piazza Duomo, where we will enter the Romanesque Cathedral that hosts the cupola frescoes painted by Correggio. The tour ends with a visit inside the splendid Baptistery, constructed with pink marble from Verona, one of the most important architectonic artifacts that attests to the passage from the Romanesque to the Early Gothic styles.
3 hours approx. 30 min
PARMA ART & FOOD
A walk through the historic city center, among the monuments, piazzas, and side streets filled with the old-style shops of Parma. The tour includes entry into the Farnese Theater, the Royal Opera House, the Cathedral, and the Baptistery. The itinerary concludes with a stop that will initiate you in the flavors of Parma: a visit to a small specialty food shop where you will sample the world-famous products that inspired UNESCO to name Parma the first “Creative City of Gastronomy” in Italy, and learn about typical local products and their role as a vital link between town and countryside in Parma.
3 hours approx. 30 min
Walk through the downtown streets in order to view from outside the main monuments and piazzas of the city. Together, we will then choose one of the following places to enter: the Cathedral, Baptistery, Farnese Theater, or Royal Opera House.
2 hours approx. 30 min
PARMA UNDER THE STARS
A unique and alluring evening walk around the city: an itinerary through the most important streets and piazzas of Parma. Includes a stop for an aperitif and tasting of local specialties.
2 hours approx. 30 min
TORRECHIARA CASTLE – FORTRESS AND LOVE STORY
The Torrechiara Castle rises above the hills of Langhirano 18km from Parma. Built between 1448 and 1460, it is considered one of the most important and best-preserved fortresses in Italy. The renaissance frescoes inside tell the story of the great power of Count Pier Maria Rossi, called “The Magnificent”, a skilled warlord and conqueror of lands and riches. The castle also contains a particular artistic treasure: the Golden Room, frescoed by Benedetto Bembo, which narrates the passionate love story between the Count and a noblewoman, Bianca Pellegrini. The gothic decorative motifs are of extraordinary beauty, and still today the symbols, coats of arms, and letters tell us of the intrepid relationship between these two lovers.
2 hours approx. 20 min
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