Le Notti In Villa B&B in Fontanellato made a very good base from which to explore the area surrounding Parma. (A bit of background: I could not find a hotel in Parma that was car-friendly – both due to parking costs and the difficulty of driving in and out through the old city. On the map, Fontanellato is close to the A1. I did not understand that the A1 is a toll road and therefore had few on and off ramps. So, Fontanellato is not quite as convenient as we thought it would be. That being said, all local roads lead to Fontanellato and in no time we were negotiating the trangenziale and zipping around easily. We found the town small and charming with the lovely castle in the center, a few good restaurants, some nice little bars, a number of gelaterias, a laundromat, and two market days.) We stayed six nights. Most people seemed to stay only one night en route to somewhere else. Too bad – there was lots to see in the area. I was told that the hotel had once been the stable for the castle. I can’t speak to the truth of that statement, but the hotel sits between the square surrounding the castle and the castle’s beautiful gardens. The hotel is surrounded by a wall with a security gate to the street on the garden side and by two locked doors on the castle side. There are five rooms. They are very modern and well equipped. The wifi reception was strong. I can’t speak to the tv coverage as we never turned it on. The bathroom was large and modern. Everything is spotlessly clean. The bedding and towels were very good quality. I found the bed a bit hard, but then I found most Italian hotel beds hard. Staff was friendly, helpful and efficient. No one spoke English fluently, but everyone’s English was certainly better than my Italian, and more than enough to get by. Breakfast was excellent – see the photo. The restaurant was only open one night during our stay. Unfortunately it was on a night when we were so full of lunch and sightseeing that we collapsed on the bed early in the evening. We liked Le Notti In Villa very much and would urge travelers to spend a few nights there while exploring a lovely part of Emilia Romagna.