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Musical notes and Ghosts

Nearby to Salsomaggiore the surprises are many. If you want to dedicate a few days to art, culture and museums, we recommend some good tourist itineraries. Such as the Castles of the Duchy of Parma, a tour of some of the most beautiful castles in Italy. Do you like classical music? In the province of Parma you can retrace the life of one of the greatest composers of all time, Giuseppe Verdi.

Castles of the Duchy

There are more than twenty castles, from the lowlands to the Apennines, all lying between the provinces of Parma and Piacenza. Each castle, fort or fortress will tell a different story: unfortunate love stories, spectres and ghosts, evil lords and gallant knights. A short distance away from Salsomaggiore you can visit the castle and the village of Vigoleno (10 km from Salsomaggiore), which entered the most beautiful villages in Italy club (Borghi piĆ¹ Belli) and was awarded the Orange Flag by the Italian Touring Club.
In the Bassa Parmense region we recommend a stop at the Meli Lupi Citadel in Soragna (20 km from Salsomaggiore) and the Citadel dei Rossi di San Secondo (30 km). Among the mountains of Parma, do not miss the Fortress of Bardi (45 km), a manor with more than a thousand years of history, perched on a spur of red jasper. The Ducal Palace of Colorno, outside of Parma, about 50 km from Salsomaggiore is a residence which has over 400 rooms, courtyards and patios, as well as a beautiful French garden.

Verdi's Land

Giuseppe Verdi was born October 10, 1813 in a "poor, low and long house," in the hamlet of Roncole di Busseto, about half an hour's drive from Salsomaggiore Terme. The house still exists and today it is a small museum dedicated to the maestro (tel. 0524 97450).
The route continues in the footsteps of Verdi in nearby Busseto. Other than the theatre dedicated to him, we recommend a stop in Barezzi House, home of Verdi's father in law, as well as the location of Verdi's relics. Just outside the town, in the halls of Villa Pallavicino is the National Giuseppe Verdi Museum (tel. 0524 931002), an exhibition dedicated to twenty-seven works by the maestro.
In his later years, the artist lived in a house just across the borders with the province of Piacenza, in Sant'Agata di Villanova sull'Arda, three kilometres from Busseto: Villa Verdi preserves furnishings and historical relics which belonged to the maestro (tel. 0523 830000).