Church of S. Maria Assunta

Piazza IV Novembre - 43045 - Fornovo di Taro (PR)

Phone: +39 05252218

Opening times

open every day from 8am to 12pm and from 3pm to 6pm. To visit the church in other hours call the priest tel. +39 05252218.


free entrance

Pieve di Fornovo


Pieve di Fornovo particolare

This parish church, edicated to Santa Maria Assunta, is one of the most important Romanesque parishes in Parma’s territory.  Dating back to the 18th century, the church has a hut-like facade on which is the important sculpture of a pilgrim which is situated in a niche.

This church recorded since 854 still shows its squat longabard features, especially in the three naves supported by stone pillars and six single lancet windows dating to the 11th century.

Two slabs with low reliefs depict Hell and the seven deadly sins, among which avarice in particular stands out.
Inside there are three naves from the 11th century and a covered atrium with capitals decorated with evangelist symbols as well as the Temptation of Adam and Eve.
On the main altar, the most impressive piece of art in the church stands out: a slab of white marble in an evidently Antelamic style, whose creator is a sculptor from the end of the 12th century.
The history of the Saint, martyred by Diocletian, is flashed before the visitors eyes four times during the course of the visit: in front of the Olibrio prefect, made from limestone, winning a fight against a dragon and a demon, and ultimately the moment of his martyrdom. Among the other artistic treasures, worth noting is the reliquary cross from the 11th -12th century that recreates the imaged of a crucified Christ venerated by the pilgrims.