48 hours in Parma with influencers Marina Semenova and Nastasia Nikonova
“After arriving at Milan Malpensa airport last night, Nastasia (@pullya) and I headed straight to bed at the Grand Hotel Salsomaggiore for our beauty sleep before a busy day exploring,” says Marina Semenova (@memmarie).
“First on the agenda was shopping at Fidenza Village where we browsed all the boutiques – Baldinini, Patrizia Pepe, Pinko and P.A.R.O.S.H. were our favourites.”
“It was lovely being greeted by a Russian-speaking host in The Concierge, the Village’s VIP space,” adds Nastasia. “Once we’d exhausted the boutiques we stopped for a delicious lunch at Villano, where local Parma delicacies are served on brightly painted plates and fresh pasta is cooked right in front of you.”
“On our first evening we headed to Tabiano Castle, an ancient settlement in the nearby hills, for sightseeing and dinner. The restaurant uses vegetables, fruits and herbs that have been grown in the garden and orchard.”
Once we’d exhausted the boutiques we stopped for a delicious lunch at Villano, where fresh pasta is cooked right in front of you.
“We spent the morning making the most of the incredible spa in the hotel. It’s unique because of its thermal waters, which have rejuvenating properties,” says Marina. “Then, after breakfast, we were given a guided tour of the historic Piazza Giuseppe Garibaldi – that’s the heart of Parma and there are lots of Roman buildings to see.”
“From there, we had lunch at a little delicatessen called Sorelle Picchi, where we sampled the best Parma ham in the region,” says Nastasia.”
“Our final afternoon was spent exploring some of the area’s most popular attractions. We stopped off at Galleria Nazionale di Parma – where artworks by Leonardo da Vinci are displayed – and the Enzo Ferrari Museum, where we tested our skills in an F1 simulator.”
Discover Parma and Fidenza Village for yourself.