Nestled in the Appennine mountains of Western Emilia-Romagna on the borders of Liguria and Tuscany about 60 kilometres (37 miles) southwest of Parma, lies Albareto, a small tranquil community surrounded by rolling hills of the upper Taro river valley, with fine views of the high peaks of the Ligurian and Parmenese Appennines.

Albareto CentroThe surrounding countryside consists of a mixture of traditional alpine pastures, forest and wild meadows, and much of it is dedicated to the famous local wild mushrooms, of which there are at least 50 varieties.

With a population of around 2,000 Albareto is large enough to offer a decent selection of shops and restaurants, yet small enough to retain the intimate communal feel of the typical small Italian town.

Situated on the Gotra, a tributary of the Taro, Albareto is only a short drive from Borgotaro, the largest town in the Taro valley. Despite this proximity, Albareto traditionally had stronger economic and cultural links to Varese Ligure, the principal town of the Upper Vara Valley, from which it separated by the mountains that rise immediately to the west.

The Porcini Mushroom Road

Mushroom Road LogoAlbareto is situated in the heart of the Porcini mushroom growing area.

Boasting over 50 varieties of edible mushrooms, it is home to the famous Fiera Del Fungho Porcino – a festival celebrating the famous mushroom, and a popular starting point for exploring the Via Del Funghi – the mushroom road – a hiking trail that runs along the southern mountains ridges of the Taro valley, presenting tremendous views of the unspoilt streams, forests, flowers and wildlife.

The Fiera Del Fungho Porcino mushroom festival is held in the second week of September in Albareto. Accommodation becomes scarce during the festival, so early bookings are recommended.

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