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Via Francigena and Romansque Pathways

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Romanesque is one of the most widespread styles in medieval Europe; symbols, forms and figures are the same from North to South. They were devised to help travellers through the ages and were carved on the façades of cathedrals as well as on humble country churches.

Parma and its surroundings provide a grandiose example of all these features thanks above all to the Via Francigena: the main pilgrim path to Rome, taken by emperors, popes, soldiers and merchants. Today the main route, from Fidenza to Fornovo Taro and up to Berceto, to the Cisa Pass and beyond, can be travelled with the same pace as in medieval times, one step at a time, experiencing the same emotions as were felt by pilgrims of all times as they trod these well-worn paths through the hills and forests of the Apennine mountain range.

- SAN DONNINO CATHEDRAL Fidenza The history of the martyr-saint is narrated on the rich sculptural decorations by Benedetto Antelami on the façade of the cathedral together with other beautiful scenes. The cathedral and bishop’s palace can be visited as well as the Museum featuring San Donnino’s Treasures

- CHURCH OF SAN NICOMEDE San Nicomede - Salsomaggiore Terme Probably one of the oldest churches in the province of Parma, it still houses a pre-Romanesque crypt dating back to the 11th cent. and was made with Roman and Longobard materials.

- SANCTUARY OF SANTA MARIA ASSUNTA Careno - Pellegrino Parmense The church dates back to the 13th century, and the façade and apse date back to the Romanesque period; the church underwent renovations in the 15th century, to which period the recently restored frescoes belong.

- PARISH CHURCH OF SANTA MARIA ASSUNTA Fornovo Taro The parish church was built on a pagan temple and it boasts a wide range of sculptures; it has been an essential point of reference along the Via Francigena in the province of Parma since ancient times.

- SAN MODERANNO CATHEDRAL Berceto One of the most important Romanesque monuments along the Via Francigena in the province of Parma, the cathedral boasts a wide range of sculptures dating back to the Longobards and up to the mid-fifteenth century.

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