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Agriturismo Cà Bianca

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loc. Ostia Parmense, 24 43040 Borgotaro (PR)
tel. 0525 98 213
fax. 0525 98 003
web www.agriturismocabianca.it

Let me introduce myself:
I’m Graziella and together with my husband Mauro and our two children and my parents, we’ve created Ca’Bianca Agritourism.

Now, if you read on, I’ll bore you with some chat…just let me get on with it because I really want to and am proud of what we’ve all made together.

Agriturismo Cà Bianca
Agriturismo Cà Bianca

Our farm is situated in the area of Ostia Parmense at about 400 m above sea level and only 5 km from Valtaro’s main town, Borgotaro. We are on the left of the River Taro where it meets with the Cogena Torrent, one of the best areas for gathering porcini mushrooms and recognised at European level (registered mushroom zone IGP i.e. protected geographical area).

The farm consists of various plots of different types of land with different characteristics. We grow fodder and cereals on our cultivated land, which we then use to feed our saddle horses as well as a variety of farmyard animals. The wheat and maize crops are used to make bread and polenta. We also have many friends who raise all kinds of produce: when our own runs out, we use theirs as our larder.

There is also a large orchard with apples, pears, peaches, plums, apricots, cherries, almonds, hazelnuts, figs and persimmons. Chestnuts of excellent quality can be gathered in the many woods belonging to the farm.

Our Agritourism farm has seven completely independent rooms available, each with its own bathroom. One room has facilities for the disabled and there is TV in every room. An equipped games room is available as well as a billiard room, another with satellite TV and a well-stocked library. You won’t be needing any of these though because exploring the Valtaro countryside won’t leave you time. You can go horse riding or walking in the magnificent woods, take trips on mountain-bikes or go canoeing or fishing in the rivers or the many lakes in the area.

For mountain “professionals” or open-air sports people, there are a vast number of signposted CAI ramblers’ tracks that are linked to the “Great Apennine Hikes”. You can also follow the tracks of the Parma Apennines’ Equestrian Way and the Francigena Way, obviously accompanied by Mauro (official ANTE guide for the National Association of Equestrian Tourism).

Last but not least, the food. Everything is based on typical local products, many of which are grown and gathered on the farm itself. We have studied in depth the history and methods for preparing the many unique dishes of excellent quality that this rich land has to offer.

Unmissable events

In summer, the Taro Valley offers a wide range of interesting events starting from village festivals, to food fairs, to sports and cultural events.

In fall the real protagonists are local food products like the well-known Porcino mushroom, chestnuts and over the last few years even chocolate has become an attraction for local festivals.

In winter and particularly during the Christmas time, local villages are often crowded because of their picturesque Christmas street markets. A downright attraction is also Carnival with its parades and events in local clubs.

On the arrival of spring not only the Rally of the Taro Valley but many other events forecast the arrival of summer.

Hereafter some events which yearly take place in the villages of the Taro Valley:

ALBARETO

June: traditional Saint John’s tortellata in Boschetto

August: Pyjamas party

15th August: Assumption’s Day Celebrations

September: Porcino mushroom fair

BEDONIA

Shrove Tuesday: Carnival parade along the village streets

April: Rally of the Taro Valley

June: Marathon race of the High Taro Valley

Motorcycle rally in memory of Enrico Lusardi

2nd weekend of July: Saint Mark’s Virgin Celebrations

August: Trote fest

Regional final selection of Miss Italia

October: Autunnando di Valle in Valle

November: Cioccolataro

BERCETO

16th August: Saint Roch fair

29th August: Madonna della Guardia

11th September: Our Lady of Graces

BORGO VAL DI TARO

Carnival events: Carnival float parade along the streets

February: Festa degli Amor e degli Amori

May: Prugnolo mushroom festival

WWF Ghirardi Oasis’ Day

September: Porcino mushroom fair

October: Chestnut fair

COMPIANO

July: Our Lady of  the Taro river

August: Street artists’ Festival

Mid-August concert

16th August: Saint Roch fest

September: Saint Terenziano’s fair

PEN Club Literary contest

FORNOVO

July-August: “Fornovo in fiera”

SOLIGNANO

TERENZO

TORNOLO

VALMOZZOLA