loc. Ostia Parmense, 24 43040 Borgotaro (PR)
tel. 0525 98 213
fax. 0525 98 003
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.
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.
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:
June: traditional Saint John’s tortellata in Boschetto
August: Pyjamas party
15th August: Assumption’s Day Celebrations
September: Porcino mushroom fair
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
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
July: Our Lady of the Taro river
August: Street artists’ Festival
16th August: Saint Roch fest
September: Saint Terenziano’s fair
PEN Club Literary contest
July-August: “Fornovo in fiera”