Ancient churches itinerary

Sacreterre R&B lies along the ancient road which, in ancient times, connected Parma with Tuscany through Lagastrello mountain pass. This is witnessed also by the presence in Sacreterre of a little oratory which was probably a worship stop during the long journey. It is still possible today to walk from Sacreterre to the medieval and suggestive Pieve di Tizzano.

But many are the little churches in the area, which are part of this worship system, connected with the ancient road network.

PIEVE TIZZANO VAL PARMA

Isolated, built in XI century upon a hill commanding over the valley, the church dedicated to St. Peter distinguishes itself by the presence of  a high tower in the facade, proportionate to the inner nave, which plays the double role of the bell tower and the entrance room. The church has a nave and two side aisles, with a wooden truss roofing.

PIEVE MORAGNANO

Dedicated to St. Giuliana, dates back in its original plan to XI century: one nave with semi-circular apse, most of the ancient architectural and decorative elements are preserved. An important and particular element are the thousand of ancient inscriptions and engravings made between XII and XVII century both inside and outside the church, with sacred symbols connected with the rocky art tradition and with many references to various events, happened during the construction of the church.

PIEVE SASSO

Built in a strategic location among the Enza and Parma valleys, S. Maria Assunta Church was built by Matilde di Canossa will (XI c.) and had a great importance. Built in simple square stone, it has one nave and two side aisles. Very suggestive is the selenite floor, built on the rock which follows the discending shape of the earth.

BADIA CAVANA

Ancient and important abbey founded by St. Bernardo degli Uberti, Parma’s bishop and main abbotof Vallombrosani, at the beginning of XII century. Facing the east, is sided by a square cloister; the church has a nave, a transept and an apse. Outside a double span narthex with a beautiful arch and wonderful capitals.