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Basilica di Santa Maria della Steccata (Madonna della Steccata)

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Basilica di Santa Maria della Steccata (Madonna della Steccata)

484 Reviews
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You will appreciate the real Parmigiano cheese production in a very traditional factory. It will be possible to see the when cheese makers pull the cheese from the milk vats. You will then be taken to the seasoning/storage rooms to see the final stages of production.<br>At the end of the tour there will be a degustation of different aged Parmigiano Reggiano Cheeses. <br>For Parma ham Prosciutto factory visit we will proceed to the idyllic hills of Langhirano home of Prosciutto di Parma Ham. You will move into the “environmental temperature stage”, by visiting the seasoning rooms, here characterized by the typical scents of the ham. During this stage it will be explained the method of “spillatura”, the process in which only the finest ham pasts the test, those selected by the Inspector of the Consortium will then be branded with the infamous ‘Crown of Parma’.<br>At the end of the food tour there will be a degustation of Parma ham and a glass of Malvasia, a sparkling, white local wine.
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Nataliia G wrote a review Jan 2020
Moscow, Russia398 contributions70 helpful votes
This Church in honor of our lady was built in 1521 -1539 in imitation of St. Peter's Cathedral in Rome. It was painted by Parmigianino (1530-1540), a famous portrait painter and engraver. There is also the tomb of the Dukes of the house of Farnese and the Bourbons.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Michael B wrote a review Aug 2019
Bellflower, California15,296 contributions360 helpful votes
This Shrine of Santa Maria della Steccata, is an interesting Baroque building in a Roman catholic country, as the layout is that of a Greek Renaissance church with a centralized dome and four corner chapels. (Or the Symbol for the Knights of saint George) The name derives from the fence or steccato used to control the numerous pilgrims who visited this image of the Nursing Madonna. Originally in 1392 the location had a small building holding a miraculous image of St. John the Baptist, and nearby another equally miraculous image of the Virgin and child. The Powers that be decided in 1521 to combine both miracles under one roof, and commissioned architects Bernardino Zaccagni and his son Giovanni Francisco to build a new church. The central dome is attributed Gian Francesco d'Agrate in 1527 and the church was consecrated in 1539, the sacristy was rebuilt over the following centuries. The interior was decorated by a variety of artists, both local and foreign, and the Baroque altar in the choir was begun by Mauro Oddi and completed in 1758-1765 by Andrea and Domenico della Meschina. Overhaul the interior of the church is dark. PS: Do not forget to check out the Museum for the order of Saint George, also attached to the Church.
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Date of experience: November 2018
1 Helpful vote
stinkwink wrote a review Aug 2019
Sydney, Australia7,240 contributions1,522 helpful votes
Depends on your interest, maybe you find the history of this basilica even more exciting, than the building itself. It started in the fourteenth century, when on the house, where the current church is, a St John the Baptist image was painted, that soon had a reputation to be miraculous and for that, to protect it, was fenced around. At the very and of the fourteenth century, a church, named San Giovanni Della Steccata was erected around it, with a fresco depicting the Virgin Mary breastfeeding the “Bambino.” Now this painting supposed to have magic power so has to be protected as well. After demolishing the original chapel, a new church was built in the first part of the sixteenth century. (How did they preserve the frescoes painted on the wall ?) The edifice promoted to a basilica has an unusual shape for an Italian church. It is set on a Greek cross plan, with semicircular apses at the end of the four arms. In all of the four corners, are chapels. For the decoration of the church, I don't know if it had been a competition or now, but Parmigiano won it. His most famous work is on the eastern under the arch with three wise and three foolish virgins; He didn't finish the picture; it had the same fate as Mozart's Requiem. Parmigiano started, Michelangelo Anselmi continued. Please do not allow someone to paint a fresco on the exterior wall of the basilica, for it will once again have a marvelous reputation and a new building should have to start to protect it from scratch. Though the Basilica has a beautiful and vibrant decoration, the interior of the Cattedrale is more impressive.
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Date of experience: June 2019
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yns_10 wrote a review Jun 2019
Sydney, Australia1,462 contributions495 helpful votes
A Renaissance church in the shape of a Greek cross and where the arms cross is a majestic dome and with some beautiful frescos and other decorations.
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Date of experience: May 2019
Kirby N wrote a review May 2019
Concord, North Carolina146 contributions45 helpful votes
We were not going to stop by due to the break between lunch and re-opening mid-afternoon, but as we passed by realized people were still entering the building, so we followed on in. Although similar to many of the other huge churches in Italy, it is worth a stop, although I woul dnot have made this my main focus for the day.
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Date of experience: April 2019
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