Parma is a city of 180k inhabitants, situated in the heart of the Food Valley. Known for its gastronomics products, such as Parmigiano-Reggiano and Parma Ham. Parma is the birth place of famous Music characters, just like Giuseppe Verdi or Arturo Toscanini. Charmed city, it can be discovered walking through its beautiful alley, visiting churches, palaces and workshops. The storic center of Parma is focused on three large areas:
Piazza Garibaldi, home of the Roman forum, center of the municipal life. Where we can see the Governor’s Palace, with its baroque tower and the crowned Virgin in the bell tower niche, near the two sundials dating 1829.
Piazza Duomo, where rise the most famous artistic and religious features of the city, such as the romanesque-pagan Cathedral, the Baptistery, emblem of the transition from late romanesque to the gothic period. And the Bishopric, dated in XI-XII century.
Lastly we have ‘Palazzo della Pilotta’, today better known as Piazzale della Pace, emblem of the ducal power, with the antique family Farnese service building. Into it we can find the Archaeological Museum hosting the beautiful Biblioteca Palatina, the National Gallery and the Farnese Theater. The nightlife in Parma starts with the aperitif, which lasts until nighttime. Thanks to the pedestrian area people can have fun with no annoying traffic.
You can not miss the show in Regio Theater during the Opera’s season in the month of October, in occasion of the Verdi Festival. While in the month of September we can enjoy the delicacies of the pork with the ‘Festival del prosciutto’
The storic centre is full of delicatessens, tavern and prestigious restaurant.
The city is rich of events and culturally still in movement. Is not so hard to find something to do at night, it may be drink a cup of wine in Via Farini, or go to the theatre and attend the show.
The lovers of the long walking can visit Parco Cittadella. Pentagonal shaped fortress, with ramparts and ditches that used to defend the city, now used as park, including gym tools, children’s play area, runway, dog area and bar.
As we said, in the city you have absolutely to visit: the Baptistery and the romanesque Cathedral, both situated in Piazza Duomo; The National Gallery of Parma in Pilotta Square and the Farnese Theatre, into the National Gallery, built entirely in wood.
The ‘Oltretorrente’, even known as ‘Parma Vecchia’ hosts the Old Hospital in via D’Azeglio, structure built during the humanist era, and the old romanesque church Santa Croce, in Piazzale Santa Croce.
It’s wonderful to discover the area around the Parma’s province, where you can visit different castles. The most important is, probably, the one settled in Torrechiara, far 18 km from Parma. Further this one, is advisable to visit the Rocca Sanvitale of Fontanellato; The monumental Royal Palace of Colorno, with its ‘french’ rung; and the Bardi Fortress.
For the health lovers, in a few kilometers from Parma there is the Salsomaggiore SPA, hosting the historical Terme Berzieri, with its office in Liberty Style,structure with storic merit. You can easily reach the place by car or by train. If you use the train, you have to change it in Fidenza, where exactly in Fidenza you can find the Fidenza Village, the best outlet store in this area.
Arrive in Parma by car:Parking and Limited Traffic Area(ZTL)
Toschi You can easily reach it by foot
Goito You can easily reach it using the bus line n. 15, 2 and get off at the Theatre Regio bus stop
Repubblica (Barilla Center) You can reach it by foot or with the bus line n. 3, 4, 5, 23 and get off at the bus stop in via Mazzini
Kennedy You can reach it by foot or with the bus line n. 3, 4, 5, 23 and get off at the bus stop in via Mazzini
Garage Stendhal You can reach it by foot, guarded private car park