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Antico Borgo di Tabiano Castello: A B+B in the Hills

“I wonder why the head coppersmith in an Italian town, always lives next door to the hotel, or opposite: making the visitor feel as if the beating hammers were his own heart, palpitating with a deadly energy!
— from “Pictures from Italy” 1868 by Charles Dickens

This rustic bed and breakfast is not in Parma, but in the hills of the countryside south of Parma, in the Province of Parma.

It was the views (see photo #2) from the grounds of Antico Borgo di Tabiano Castello that made our hearts race, not the local coppersmith’s hammering as it did for Mr. Dickens. Antico Borgo sits atop a hill. The 20-minute drive from the main road took us along switchbacks through picturesque landscapes.

Our room, though not in the more desirable tower, was spacious and clean with a high, beamed ceiling and a bare brick floor. The bed (see photo #3) was comfortable. To enjoy the country air, we slept with the windows open, which helped to amplify the screeching of the resident peacocks (see photo #5). We were told that they were as noisy as they were because it was mating season. They acted as a natural alarm clock; each morning at 05:00 they began their screeching.

Our room was not without its problems; water from the shower leaked from under the door into the room. We used extra towels to mop up the water. Twice during our five-night stay the water supply went missing throughout the facility.

Although this B+B had its faults, I could not bring myself to dislike it. The peace and quiet and the remoteness combined with the stunning views trumped all failings. The shortcomings, which I would not have tolerated at a city facility, became country charms. Tom was not as forgiving; I did not want to disturb the serenity.

Tabiano Castello dates to the 11th century and was built on the ruins of a Roman settlement. The castle dominates the area, known for its salt mines and olive groves.

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Related to: Historical Travel, Castles and Palaces, Arts and Culture
  • Written February 22, 2011
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Antico Borgo di Tabiano Castello, Parma, 6/2010

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for all my friends coming from...

for all my friends coming from a foreign country i've always found the 'lazzaro' hotel great, it's in the center, is cheap clean and downstairs there a very good pizzeria and restaurant
75.000 lira per night single bedroom with toilet

  • Opinion of Price: less expensive than average
  • Written August 25, 2002

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