Varano de' Melegari
Varano de' Melegari is a comune
In Italy, the comune is the basic administrative division, and may be properly approximated in casual speech by the English word township or municipality.-Importance and function:...

(municipality) in the Province of Parma
Province of Parma
The Province of Parma is a province in the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy. Its capital is the city of Parma.It has an area of 3,449 km², and a total population of 413,198...

 in the Italian
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 region Emilia-Romagna
Emilia–Romagna is an administrative region of Northern Italy comprising the two historic regions of Emilia and Romagna. The capital is Bologna; it has an area of and about 4.4 million inhabitants....

, located about 110 km west of Bologna
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 and about 30 km southwest of Parma
Parma is a city in the Italian region of Emilia-Romagna famous for its ham, its cheese, its architecture and the fine countryside around it. This is the home of the University of Parma, one of the oldest universities in the world....


The town is home to a medieval castle (Castello Pallavicino
The Pallavicini, Pallavicino, were an Italian noble family descended from Oberto I . The first Pallavicino fief was created by Oberto II, who received them it by Frederick Barbarossa in 1162...

) and a motorsport circuit, the Autodromo Riccardo Paletti
Autodromo Riccardo Paletti
Autodromo Riccardo Paletti is a motorsport race track near Varano in the Province of Parma, Italy.The track began as a small oval in 1969, and this was then expanded to a full , 11 turn race track...

. Also notable is the 7th century octagonal baptistery in the frazione of Serravalle Ceno, located on the Ceno River.
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