Maybe it’s for the mighty castle and its imposing walls, from which you can see the most evocative lowland landscapes overlooking the Enza River, that you feel as if above Montechiarugolo hovers a late medieval aura.
Indeed, in the aftermath of the 14th century (1313), spurred by the Torelli family, the stronghold took on the severe defensive and military architecture we see today, marked by battlements, loopholes, drawbridges and patrol walkways.
This hardness, however, is only the surface, which stands in strong contrast with the gentle and refined noble interiors. The main courtyard and the boardrooms are striking for the typical decorations of the noble dwellings of the 16th century, deeply desired by Pomponio Torelli, humanist and man of letters of the time.
The courtyard leads to a large rectangular hall that was dedicated to feasts (called “delle Feste”), decorated according to the late Mannerist style by Cesare Baglione and his students. Proceeding, you will enter the Ancient Room, marked by cross vaults and allegorical images, and the Middle Room, embellished with the delicate figures of Archangel Gabriel and the Virgin. Finally, you will arrive to the large columned loggia, directly overlooking the Enza River.
Although the structure is of private property and belongs to the family of Antonio Marchi, a prominent personality of Italian cinema of the mid-last century, Montechiarugolo is part of the virtuous castle circuit managed by the association of the Castles of the Duchy of Parma, Piacenza and Pontremoli, and it can be visited as well as rent as a location for weddings and events
Beyond the castle, the Municipality offers many surprises. Parma is a polycentric town that counts five fractions, offering several destinations worth a visit.
Not to be missed are the church of San Quintino and the nearby Palazzo Civico, the seat of the municipal council and of the Tourist Information Office, the abbey of Santa Felicola, the church of Santo Stefano, the San Donnino Sluice and the Oratorio del Romito.
Moreover, you definitely shouldn’t miss the historic thermal baths of Terme Borrini, located in Monticelli Terme, famous for their salsobromoiodic waters and therapeutic treatments.