Immortalized by Giovannino Guareschi‘s stories and a source of inspiration for Bernardo Bertolucci, the Po river, beloved, feared and respected has always been an important line of communication for the Parma area to be travelled over with no hurry. In, around and on the Great River there is a variety of trips to choose from, on land or water. Firstly, along the Po’s banks runs a cycle path linking the municipalities of Polesine Parmense, Zibello, Roccabianca, Colorno and Mezzani. This area is dotted with small villages and is full of precious historical reminders, such as the Rossi Castle of San Secondo, the Royal Palace of Colorno with its vast gardens, the castle of Fontanellato, the Meli Lupi fortress in Soragna and the Cistercian Abbey of Fontevivo. Then there is a perfect route for all “foodies”: with a guiding thread consisting of Culatello di Zibello, which has its own road to explore maturing cellars, restaurants and retailers, and Parmigiano Reggiano, which has its own Museum in Soragna.
For those who prefer to spend the day listening to the sounds of the Po, it is possible to sail along it, just like in the old days, on board a pontoon or motorboat. Different kinds of boats can be hired at Polesine Parmense and Torricella di Sissa.