A long journey by bike to visit the most picturesque villages and castles in the northern province of Parma.
Start this itinerary from Strada dei Mercati, turn right towards Verdi airport and at the first crossroads turn right towards Roncopascolo - Fiera. After about 1.5 kms turn left and go on until you reach the crossroads. Follow the Maretto canal, go past the motorway overpass, turn left and then right to Viarolo.
You can cycle on the bank of the Taro river until you reach Ronco Campo Canneto and then follow the road to San Secondo. Here you can visit the Castle built in 1450-60 by Pier Maria Rossi.
Turning right you will get to Castell'Aicardi and Fontanellato, renowed for the Rocca Sanvitale and the Sanctuary of Madonna del Rosario, pilgrims stopping-place.
Leave again to Cannetolo and, following Strada Farnese, you will get to Soragna, where you can visit the Rocca Meli Lupi, the Parmigiano Reggiano Museum and the Giovannino Guareschi's Museum.
Go back to San Secondo and, after crossing the bridge on the river Taro, turn left to Ronco Campo Canneto.Turn left again on Strada del Borgazzo and then right into a road lined with trees. After cycling along the canal, turn left and follow signs to Baganzola-Castelnuovo. Near the oratory turn right, then left to Ravadese and follow on the bank until you get back to Parma.
An ecofriendly stay near the trek:
Agriturism “Podere Roveto” - Fontanellato, Parma
Podere Roveto is situated in the place Cannetolo under the town of Fontanellato (PR), and is located in a strategic location close to charming medieval castles and fortresses.
Cover photo: Fortress of Fontanellato via Flickr