Near the hamlet of Gattatico, on the Reggio bank of the Enza stream, two ancient manor houses have marked the history of this territory, once part of the Duchy of Parma, Piacenza and Guastalla: the Villa del Pantaro di Sopra and the Villa del Pantaro di Sotto.
The quiet flow of the waters of the nearby river did not let the memory of the noble past of the villas and the families that lived there flow, and the discovery of additional archival sources allowed us to revisit the history in a more accurate and precise way.
It is believed that the name Pantaro derives from the slightly modified term of the marsh, since the location close to the stream, until a few centuries ago, was undoubtedly low and swampy, subject to periodic flooding of the river.
The villas, surrounded by the luxuriant woods that followed the course of the Enza stream, sprang up like hunting lodges and residences for the holidays of noble families from Parma. Earlier researchers date it from the 16th century, during the Farnese domination, but no relevant documents have yet been found to confirm it.
On the other hand, it is possible to hypothesize that, at the time of their construction, two villas constituted a unique complex, in which the main villa (Pantaro di Sotto) corresponded a large courtyard used as a farm (Pantaro di Sopra).