In the province of Parma a few kilometres from the town,"Parchi del Ducato" welcome you.
Taro Fluviale Regional Park
The symbol of diversity.
The Park protects the river stretch between Fornovo and Pontetaro (PR), and it extends over about 2,000 ha (more than 3,000 if considering the adjacent area).
The managing Authority has been working for years to safeguard this important natural corridor, where highly natural places, agricultural areas and other zones, that have been deeply changed by man, live together.
It is a very important protected area, since it is a migration route and nesting place for many bird species, and it represents an ideal place for green tourism.
A few kilometers far from Parma's town center, it is the perfect environment for easy excursions, itineraries for cycle tourism and mountain bike, for birdwatching and for the proximity to other places of historical and landscape interest: the Ettore Guatelli Museum and the Parco Boschi di Carrega.
"Boschi di Carrega" Regional Park
The refined atmosphere of the ducal woods.
Established in 1982 it was the Region Emilia Romagna's first Park.
It extends over the Quaternary river terraces between the Taro river and the Baganza stream, over about 1,270 ha (2,600 considering the adjacent area too).
It safeguards a woody hill area of great natural, historical and cultural interest.
The beautiful landscape shows woods alternating with stable meadows and arable lands crossed by many brooks and small artificial sheets of water created for landscape and irrigation purposes between the late 1800s and the early 1900s.
If you like history and art, the Park also keeps some precious architectural jewels, such as the Casino de' Boschi.
Carrega woods offer many interesting elements all the year round, and the Park promotes several cultural and environmental education activities for schools.
"Cento Laghi" Regional Park
A welcoming landscape and typical products well-known all over the world
The presence of different altimetric levels in the Park (ranging between 400 and 1,650 m above sea level) guarantees a noteworthy variety of environments and a high level of biodiversity.
A still intact environment, where nature combines with human life to originate the agricultural-food excellences that are well-known all over the world, such as the PDO Parmigiano Reggiano and the PDO Prosciutto di Parma.
A territory where one works… and live!
A welcoming "middle-earth" between the big cities of the Po Valley and the isolated and wild ridge between Tuscany and Emilia.
Established in 1995 as "Parco di Crinale dell'Alta Val Parma e Cedra", after the establishment (2001) and the expansion (2010) of the Appennino Tosco-Emiliano National Park, the Regional park reconfigured its territory and changed its "mission".
Not only the safeguard of the beautiful environments rich in nature and almost completely uninhabited, but enhancement of the mountain rural landscape, which is still in a good conservation status and rich in biodiversity, agriculture, typical products, culture and tourism.