Thanks to its central geographical location, Parma is only 30-minutes away from the Salsomaggiore spa, famous for its salt-bromide-iodine waters, liberty style buildings and high-quality accommodation, or from the Apennines which rise to an altitude of 1,500 meters and are scattered with lakes.
Parma is less than one hundred kilometres from the picturesque Liguria coastline or Lake Garda, or even Milan or Bologna. Again, the cities of Venice and Florence or the Alpine ski resorts are just two hours by car.
There are a number of castles in the countryside around Parma: Torrechiara, Fontanellato, San Secondo, Soragna, the Royal Palace of Colorno, Montechiarugolo, Felino, Sala, Bardi. These castles are gathered in the Castles of the Duchy of Parma and Piacenza Association.