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Situated on the hill, it is a town of art and culture and it is the biggest in the province of Parma, on the Via Francigena. It was built on the ruins of Roman Julia Fidentia, where the relics of St Donnino were discovered; it took the name of  Borgo San Donnino until 1927. .The Duomo, one of the masterpieces of the Romanesque panadacon architecture, contains many important sculptures. Near the cathedral is the Tower Visconti (1364) built on an arch of the Roman underground bridge. 



The Church of St George, largely changed, and the town hall were built in the fourteenth century too, the latter was enlarged in the ‘500 and ‘700 and contains interesting nineteenth paintings. The building overlooks Piazza Garibaldi, recently renewed by the work of recovery that have partly concerned the old route of the Via Emilia (current via Bernini).

This is a recovery from a viewpoint of the sameness and the overall harmony of the public space; the sidesteets give the square a regular shape.On the west of the square is the ‘Garden of Stone’; a shadow space for relaxing; on the east is a point for public events and commemorations with the  monument to the "Carrisi" and the new column lighting  which marks the way from  Piazza Verdi,along via Amendola until Guernica Park.
A walkway along the central course of the square marked by trees, stone benches and lights, connects the Town Hall to the new Fontana, where once stood the fortress with its moat.


The  Cathedral of Fidenza

The Cathedral of Fidenza is a precious witness of history.
The bas-reliefs  decorating the facade are examples of historical thoughts , such as the affirmation of the privileges granted by the Emperor and the Pope to the Cathedral, the prestige of the Parish Priest of St. Donnino, the approach between imperial power and papal power. The plant has a nave and two side aisles and a suspended presbytery.

The Cathedral is dedicated to St. Donnino martyr, patron of the city of Fidenza and of the See.
Planned by Benedetto Antelami and built by his school between the eleventh and twelfth centuries, San Donnino represents one of the most important model of Romanesque Emilia.

Girolamo MagnaniTheatre

It was planned by Nicola Bettoli, Maria Luisa’s ducal architect  also responsible for the construction of the Teatro Regio in Parma. It was started in 1813 ,year of Giuseppe Verdi’s birth, in the site where was the church of San Francesco.The work was interrupted several times; it was resumed in 1845 and finished sixteen years later.The interior, with three tiers of boxes, presents a magnificent proscenium enriched with gold and white stucco made by Girolamo Magnani, the stage designer and decorator Fidentino author of dozens of Verdiane scenes such as ‘ Simon Boccanegra’ played in1881 at La Scala Theatre. Recently renovated and conformed to the regulations in force, the Theatre also presents a good foyer with a vault frescoed with cherubs among garlands of flowers painted by Girolamo Magnani, who won the theatre’s well-deserved title. The opening took place on 16 October 1861 with the performance of ‘Trovatore’as a tribute to Giuseppe Verdi, whose scenographer was Magnani.

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