From the Compiano Castle to the Porcino Mushroom Museum in Borgotaro

A complete tour in order to discover two highlights nestled into the Parma Apennines, in the Taro Valley. The former is the cute village of Compiano, where you will discover the Landi Princes’ ancient residence, later transformed into the residence of a bizarre Marquise who devoted herself to the collection of furnishings and works of art; the latter is the worldwide known Porcino mushroom in Borgotaro, to which a new interesting museum has been dedicated.

You will meet your guide right at the Compiano Castle for a visit to the museum collections kept inside the ancient stronghold, built to defend the Taro Valley, where you will enjoy the rich eclectic collection exhibited in those sumptuous rooms, tastefully furnished by their last owner, the Marquise Lina Raimondi Gambarotta. Finally you might also visit, on your own, the International Masonry Museum, the only one in Italy, which is connected to the historical period when in 1823 and 1831 the Compiano Castle was used as a prison and some political dissidents, exponents of the Carbonarist Movement and Freemasonry, were imprisoned there.

Compiano is counted among the most beautiful villages in Italy. That ancient urban conglomeration, mentioned since 1021, arose on the historical route that connected Emilia, Tuscany and Liguria and still today it dominates the Taro High Valley.

Then you will reach, by your own car in 15 minutes, the town of Borgotaro, considered the capital of the valley. The cute historical centre with colored houses and a main pedestrian shopping street, is well known for its woody surroundings where Boletus edulis (porcini) mushrooms grow, after receiving the PGI status.

Before or after your lunch, based on local recipes with that “prince” product, you can enjoy a guided visit to the Porcino Mushroom Museum, housed in a particular location: the so-called “Museo delle Mura”, once belonged to the Manara Marquise.

And last you will relax at an elegant and historic pastry shop, where you will taste the local sweet, called “Amor”, paired with either an espresso or a cappuccino.



  • A guided visit to an unusual eclectic House-Museum
  • A walk in a medieval village
  • Wonderful and fairytale landscapes
  • A tasty happy ending
  • All the secrets about the Porcino mushroom of Borgotaro


  • The rate includes: an admission ticket and a guided visit to the museum collections of the Compiano Castle and to the Mushroom Museum in Borgotaro; a sweet snack at a pastry shop


Compiano Castle, Via Marco Rossi Sidoli 15, Compiano


A semi-private tour.


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