A journey through the best properties for sale in the rolling hills of Parma.
The sinuous hills that surround the area of the south of Parma, antechamber of the Apennines overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea, preserve the natural and historical treasures and landscapes that are increasingly recognized and appreciated for all over the world tourism.
Their gentle profile is already visible from the city and when you enter through the curves that lead to small stone villages, surrounded by greenery, you are going to feel in a different dimension, peaceful, privileged, far from the rhythm of the city.
The area around Parma is bordered from east to west by the quiet flow of the streams: to the east, bordering the province of Reggio Emilia, the Enza stream flows generous and fascinating, to the west, keeper of important fortresses, the Ceno flows.
Between these two streams, there are different valleys full of history and beauty. It is here, and in the bordering Piacentino area, that we can find the castles of the Duchy, the banner of powerful families who commanded and administered these lands for long periods.
Some of these castles are quite well known: the castle of Bardi, which legend says it is inhabited by a ghost, it was the Landi family’s home, and it welcomed Prince Albert of Monaco on a visit. Going further downstream, along Parma stream, there is Torrechiara castle, surrounded by vineyards, it was Bianca’s home, the lover of the Count of San Secondo Pier Maria Rossi, and it hosted the set of the famous movie Lady Hawk.
Just a few steps away from Torrechiara, there is a truly exclusive property: it is a stone farmhouse with a turret, completely renovated, with exclusive views of Torrechiara castle. A perfect solution for those seeking peace and harmony with nature: here you will feel like in a dream!
From Parma valley, we are moving through the slopes that lead from Lesignano to Traversetolo. Just above the hospitable town there is the hamlet of Cazzola, a small jewel of villas and green gardens. The villa that we offer on sale, is suitable as a first and second home, with its welcoming and functional spaces. The rooms on the first floor are spacious and characteristic and the tavern is ideal for spending evenings with friends or relaxing during hot summers.
Moving on to Baganza valley, another area rich in naturalistic wonders, such as Boschi di Carrega - a protected natural park for its variety of flora and fauna - we find an estate used as a riding school with guest house and main house. From the house it starts beautiful routes suitable for horse riding and the property is ideal for a riding school or for a farm with animals.In the context of Boschi di Carrega, the Wolf House deserves a visit: an estate currently used as a holiday home, but also replaceable as a private residence, where nothing is left to chance: the furniture, textiles, finishes bring back to country life, in close contact with nature. The garden with pool gives a feeling of being in Eden, from which none would never leave. Not far away, there are the fascinating gullies of Maiatico, a place where the perception of being away from the city is clear, when in reality the main centers are just a few minutes by car. Here there is Casa Ilaria, a rustic restored respecting the original style, in which a main unit has been created on the ground floor and - where once the barn was located - a cozy loft with a view of the hills. Continuing along the Baganza, we move to Calestano, a renowned center of food and wine tourism: here the king is the black truffle, and every autumn the village dresses up with animated (and fragrant!) Festivals full of culinary and artisan delights. And it is along the main street of the town that there is a beautiful Art Nouveau villa, surrounded by a roses garden and with a large garden planted with fruit trees. The mosaic floors, the ancient fireplace and the traditional layout of the rooms testify the richness of the past and lend themselves perfectly to new modern ideas.
In conclusion, Parma hills host different solutions for those who are looking for an authentic and harmonious lifestyle, and in some ways they recall the famous Tuscan hills, so requested by local and foreign tourism. Investing in these properties can represent a turning point in the quality and well-being of individuals and families, as well as owning a real estate that has a prospect of further revaluation over time.