You can visit Taro Park by going along the equipped trails, or by "experiencing" it.
Experiencing the Park means knowing the rules to better use it, respecting its balance and the freedom of the other visitors.
In the Park you can practice the following activities:
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Corte di Giarola welcomes the offices of Taro River Park. It is situated at about 15 km from Parma and 2 km from the town of Collecchio.
ancient monastic complex dating back to the Middle Ages was acquired as
a public property in 1998 and the offices were terminated in 1999. They
were inaugurated on 24th May 1999 by the Minister of the Environment at
that time, Edo Ronchi.
Since then, a continous and gradual work of restoration has given the opportunity to recover many spaces which are dedicated to different activities:
(the following links all lead to Italian texts)
Within an imposing medieval complex and surrounded by the wonderful frame of Taro River Park,
the structures of the ancient Corte di Giarola are ideal places to
organize initiatives dedicated to the public: meetings, press releases,
seminars, conferences, conventions, training courses. The use of the
Hall can be integrated by several services.
There are two meeting halls: the exclusive "Sala del Granaio" and the simple "Sala del Borgo".
For further information... (PDF - 110 Kb)
For information and bookings: Esperta srl, Società di Promozione, Educazione Ricerca Territorio e Ambiente - Strada Giarola, 11 - Loc. Pontescodogna - 43044 Collecchio (PR) - Tel. +39 0521 803017 - E-mail: email@example.com - web: www.espertasrl.com
Osteria Giarola, Strada Giarola - Loc. Pontescodogna 43044 Collecchio (PR)
Tel. +39 335 6045454 (Mr Silvano Brianti)
|Tourist Menu for School Groups:
- first course based on pasta
- white meat with side dish
- fruit salad with seasonal fruit
Euros 11.00 per person
- toast or focaccia filled with charcuterie and/or cheese
- seasonal fruit
- dessert (jam tart)
Euros 6.50 per person
The territory of Taro Regional Park is situated on a
very important migratory route linking the Tyrrheanian Sea to the
Adriatic Sea. The diversity of environments present in the area, from
the river shore to the wet woodland, from the dry meadows to the basins
deriving from the environmental recovery of former quarries, make it an
ideal place for several nesting or migratory bird species and for
important species, safeguarded at a European level, which transformed
this area into a Special Protection Area.
Several birdwatching activities area carried out throughout the Park territory to look for the rare Stone-curlew; however, equipped areas for the observation of birds can be found at Medesano small lakes, or in the naturalistic area of Le Chiesuole, or again in Madregolo di Collecchio, where an observation hut and tower can be found: these structures give anyone the opportunity of gettin closer to this interesting activity. Also less expert birdwatchers can enjoy the observation of Herons nesting in the area, of Common Terns nesting in areas situated in the middle of the lake, and of all the other species coloring this territory in all seasons.
Taro Regional Park has recently started a series of works aiming at transforming the Park into a more open and accessible place. At the moment, there are three points in the Protected Area which are accessible also for people with disabilities: the Park Center at Corte di Giarola, the observation area of Chiesuole, and the picnic area along the trail of Fornovo di Taro.
These three places are the departure point of a "non selective" opening and accessibility started by the Park, and will be shortly followed by the creation of the social theater within Corte di Giarola.
Text you will find on the panel situated at the entrance of the accessible area for people with disabilities (translated here into English)
Here you are at the entrance of the accessible area of Taro Park. A large trail will lead you inside it. On the right you will find a kerb on the ground leading you up to a rest area with trees, where you will find three tables and three benches. The whole area is delimited by a wooden handrail. From the rest area, the route is no longer marked, and ends in a ring-route by running on the right along a channel with wetland.