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The paleontological museum of Salsomaggiore preserves artifacts from various parts of the world that, together, document about 300 million years of evolution. Most of the specimens is native of Parma and Piacenza and territory has an age of the Middle Miocene (about 15 million years ago) and the early Pleistocene (about 1.2 million years ago). Of particular importance are the scientific malacological collection and that of local cetaceans, consisting of almost complete skeletons of three whales and two dolphins found in the Salsese. In 1983, the Museum was born thanks to a group of paleontofil
The Museum is located on the ground floor of the visitor center of the Stirone River Park. It is a prevalent teaching character through dioramas, explanatory panels and other support, reconstructs the natural environments characteristic of this region. The Windows offer visitors an overview of the variety of documenting the territory environmental geologic formation, through observation of fossils found along the Stirone torrent, and the peculiarities of the local flora and fauna. The path is enriched by three aquariums which house the local fish fauna specimens and an interactive station that
Known since antiquity, the waters were used for the extraction of salt from a Celtic tribe and from the 2nd century BCE, following the subjugation of this population, also by the Romans. Thus began the exploitation of salt mines, abandoned in the wake of the earthquake that shook the 589 in geology of that area. Was Charlemagne, between the 8th and the 9th century, who wanted the restoration of the springs through the digging of wells. It was reactivated in this way the most important continental saline. The value of this natural resource caused the land of Salt (in use from a privilege