Oxfordshire vs Parmashire


Oxfordshire vs Parmashire

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I hope nobody will think I am drifting into blasphemy with this comparison but the idea popped in my mind reading the obituary of Ms PD James.

I loved her “Death comes to Pemberley”, partially for the impeccable crime history and, of course, for the occasion to jump back in Austin’s atmosphere.

The crime writer died aged 94 after a long and active life partially spent in the Oxford. Looking at the pics of the area it seems to me that is very similar to the area where the Castles of Duchy of Parma and Piacenza are located.


It’s sure that the ones who have the chance to spend time in these peaceful and quite areas can leave a longer life but it is also sure that in Parma and Piacenza there is a lot to enjoy: landscape, history, events and of course great food&wine as this is a land to discover, taste and love.

A unique lifestyle: in the Duchy of Parma and Piacenza, history, art, culture and gastronomy are the emblem of a land that extends from the Appennine to Po river. Castles, strongholds, fortresses and palaces are modern story-tellers, that can give you a wonderful journey, back to ancient times: from Middle Age to Renaissance, through Baroque and Enlightment, Romanticism and Belle Epoque, up to Twentieth Century.

You will learn the story and deeds of the most important italian noble families: Borbone, Farnese, Landi, Pallavicino, Sforza, Lupi, Visconti, Malaspina, Rossi, Sanvitale up to Maria Luigia and Napoleon.  Within their eminent manors, you will also admire several works of art, such as frescoes by Parmigianino.

Don’t miss the “Dinners in the Castles” with Michelin starred Chefs from Emilia Romagna: an exhibition and tasting of Parmigiano-Reggiano, Grana Padano, Prosciutto di Parma, Culatello di Zibello, Coppa, Pancetta and Salame from Piacenza, the special salt from Salsomaggiore Terme, D.O.C. red and white wines from Parma and Piacenza’s hills.

Every castle offers night and day thematic guided tours, for outdoor activities lovers, gardens and parks of the castles are open and can be visited. And you can also sleep there!
Info thanks to the official website.


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