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Salsomaggiore Terme, which is situated among the hills of the Parmesan Apennines, is renowned for its thermal waters, but also for the large number of works by the Liberty architect, painter and sculptor Galileo Chini.
The Castles of the duchy
An icon of the courtly and chivalric romances, the dense network of the castles of Parma is a defence system that stretches from the Po river to the ridge of the Apennine. The strategically placed castles, cornerstones of the domain over the surrounding lands, are connected through waterways to the Po and the Adriatic Sea in the plains, while those in the mountains are perched upon peaks overlooking the routes towards Tuscany and the Tyrrhenian region. The castles of the province of Parma are one of the most interesting itineraries for the enthusiasts of ancient castles, art and nature.
The Castle is one of the most important defense monuments of the feudal era in the Upper Emilia. Built at the beginning of the eleventh century on an ancient Roman settlement, it was one of the fundamental principals of the Marquis Pallavicino.
The Radici Pass
The Radici Pass is the highest (1529 metres) inhabited passage of the Tuscan-Emilian Apennines, and it acts as a border between the provinces of Lucca and Modena and between the Garfagnana and the valley of the High Secchia.This Pass is one of the entrances to the Frignano Park (High Modenese Apennines).
The military Arsenal of La Spezia
The operations undertaken at the Arsenal at La Spezia went through various downsizings and changes as a result of wars and then new developments in technology. The Arsenal focused primarily on building ships for the Italian Navy in addition to machinery, arms, buoyancy pods and battle systems. It has continued to adapt to changes in demand and the demise of shipbuilding led to the current phase of the Arsenal’s history.
Forte dei Marmi: the heart of Versilia
Forte dei Marmi is one of the most famous and exclusive seaside resorts in the world. The heart of Versilia will host the participants with an unforgettable beach party.
The Lake of Massaciuccoli
Already known by the Romans as the lake of the Papirian Pits, the Lake of Massaciuccoli is famous for being the favoured hunting ground of the Luccan composer Giacomo Puccini. Today, the lake lost its former brackish lagoon look and is considered a typical lake-pond, due to its depth and salinity.
The birthplace of great composers like Giacomo Puccini or Luigi Boccherin, Lucca is one of the few cities of the world that kept intact its fortified walls, 4.450 kilometres long. The historical city centre is well preserved, and has numerous medieval churches, towers, bell towers, Renaissance palaces and monuments, all of which are in complete harmony with newer structures. All the cars of Terre di Canossa will ride on the ancient walls of Lucca.
The estate of San Rossore
Tenuta San Rossore is well known in Italy, first owned by by the King of Italy and then, from 1956 to 1999, by the President of the Italian Republic. Over the years, the estate has hosted many personalities from the political and non-political words. Today the estate of San Rossore is part of the Migliarino natural park, which is located along the Tyrrhenian coast between the provinces of Lucca and Pisa.
The Apuan Alps
The Apuan Alps, known since the Roman Empire for their bone-white marble, are the wonderful background of Carrara, Forte dei Marmi and the whole Versilia.
The region enclosed between the Apuane Alps and the Tuscan-Emilian Apennines, called Garfagnana, offers a wide range of landscapes, like the inaccessible and uncontaminated mountains, rocky on the Alps and grassy and gentler on the Apennines, which become beautiful hills at lower heights. The abundance of water characterizes both the climate and the environment of this area, making it green and lush, so much so that the Garfagnana is called the “Green Island” of Tuscany.
The Tuscan-Emilian Apennine National Park
Better known as the “Parco del Gigante” (Park of the Giant) it is noted for its luxuriant vegetation. You can also find castles, villages and mediaeval towers, archaeological sites, and burial grounds, the hot springs of Quara, important country houses and residences. Between the plains and the Tuscan and Ligurian sea coast, the Apennines rise in a long line of more than 2000 metres and links Europe with the Mediterranean.
The castles of Matilde di Canossa
The imposing defence structures the teams will encounter as they cross the Apennines, allowed Matilde di Canossa to counter the frequent attacks of Emperor Henry the 4th, and became a symbol of her authority when she became Queen of Italy.
Located at the foot of the Apennines of Reggio Emilia, Scandiano is one of the most important towns in the province, proven by its rich history and artistic heritage. The most famous pages in the history of Scandiano and its townsfolk were written inside the castle. Poet Matteo Maria Boiardo was born in one of the rooms on the first floor of the castle and leading scientist Lazzaro Spallanzani used to carry out his experiments in the basement. Poet Francesco Petrarca, reformer Giovanni Calvinoand Pope Paul III stayed at the castle.