The Stirone and Piacenziano park, often also called “Stirone park”, is a protected regional natural area of Emilia-Romagna, located between the provinces of Piacenza and Parma.
The main purposes of the park are the protection and safeguarding of the bed of the Stirone stream and the surrounding ecosystem, with particular attention to the protection of the fossiliferous areas emerging along the stream itself and in the sites of the former Reserve.
In the Park there are several more or less developed paths, which allow the visitor to touch all the main locations and to admire the various naturalistic, geological and historical-architectural emergencies.
In the Stirone area the paths wind along the stream, in some sections skirting the canyons dug by the erosive activity of the watercourse, even if due to this phenomenon, which causes continuous bank collapses, some sections are appropriately deviated on paths alternative. Along the paths, in the main points, there are car parks and near these equipped areas (in the localities of Fidenza, Le Cascatelle, La Bocca and Trabucchi) equipped with benches, tables, water points. From Parchi del Ducato.
Where is the Stirone and Piacenziano Park
The Stirone Area is located between the provinces of Parma and Piacenza, in the municipalities of Fidenza (PR), Salsomaggiore Terme (PR), Alseno (PC) and Vernasca (PC), and develops on the sides of the stream, with an amplitude average of about 1 km, from the locality of La Villa, upstream, up to the bridge on the Via Emilia, in Fidenza.
The Piacenziano Area develops throughout the Piacenza area and protects the nine stations of the Ex Riserva, physically separated from each other, distributed in five different valleys, and falling within the Municipalities of Castell’Arquato, Lugagnano Val d’Arda, Vernasca, Gropparello and Carpaneto Piacentino.
How to get there
Main accesses from the A1 motorway and the Via Emilia:
- From Fidenza (PR): continue towards Salsomaggiore Terme; after Ponte Ghiara, take the provincial road to San Nicomede and to Scipione Ponte, along which the main localities of the Park in the Stirone area are suitably indicated
- From Fiorenzuola D’Arda (PC): for the Stirone area, follow the direction of Parma, after Alseno take the SP towards Salsomaggiore Terme, first meeting Castelnuovo Fogliani and then Scipione Ponte; for the Piacenziano area, follow the signs for Castell’Arquato, from where you can also reach the other municipalities on the Piacenza side of the Park.
Fidenza is an important railway hub directly connected to Bologna, Milan, Turin, Genoa, Livorno and Cremona.
What are the paths that can be followed?
To know all the paths inside the park you can view this article. Do you know which are the paths in the Stirone and Piacenziano Park?
What to see nearby?
In the park and nearby are the Castles of Vigoleno, Castell’Arquato and Scipione and other castles of the Circuit of the Castles of Parma, Piacenza and Pontremoli.
Photo by PR Stirone e Piacenziano