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What to See, Best Places to Sleep, Where to Eat and to Have Fun in PARMA ?
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WHAT TO SEE in PARMA?
10 THINGS TO SEE in PARMA
Cathedral of Parma
Located in Piazza del Duomo, the Romanesque cathedral has become the symbol of the city. Inside it is possible to admire the Assumption of the Virgin by Antonio Correggio, so realistic that it seems to come to life.
Another symbol of the city is the Baptistery, next to the Cathedral. This octagonal pink marble building was designed by Antelami, who decided to combine Romanesque and Gothic in the same work.
Giuseppe Garibaldi Square
Built on what was once the ancient Roman forum, this spectacular piazza is the hub of life in Parma. It is surrounded by important structures such as the monumental Palazzo del Governatore, the Municipality of Parma and the Church of San Paolo Apostolo. In front of the Governor's Palace is a bronze statue of Giuseppe Garibaldi. Here you will find lots of shops, restaurants and bars.
A unique monumental complex and a sumptuous symbol of the ducal power of the Farnese family. Many architects have worked on its various buildings throughout history. Today inside there are the National Gallery, the National Archaeological Museum, the Palatine Library and the Farnese Theater, one of the symbols of the city and another of the unmissable places to visit in Parma.
When we talk about Parma, we cannot fail to refer to the majestic Farnese Theater. With a capacity of over four thousand people, it is one of the largest theaters in all of Italy. It is located inside the Palazzo della Pilotta and was built in the Baroque style. After the destruction during the Second World War, the theater was rebuilt and today it has regained its former glory.
Also known as the Palazzo del Giardino, the Palazzo Ducale was a project promoted by the Farnese family who wanted to create an elegant and tasteful residence worthy of representing them. Built around an ancient castle belonging to the Sforza era, today it is worth a visit.
Monastic Complex of San Giovanni Evangelista
Three spaces create this monastic complex: the church, the convent and the old pharmacy of San Giovanni. The spectacular dome of the church, with stupendous frescoes by Correggio, is the highlight. Also take a trip to the three cloisters of the Benedictine monastery, a perfect place for your photos.
Another theater of excellence in the city. Built in the 19th century by the will of the Duchess Maria Luisa of Austria. It is here that a festival dedicated to Giuseppe Verdi is celebrated every year.
Museum of Glauco Lombardi
In the heart of Parma, inside the Palazzo di Riserva we find the Museum of Glauco Lombardi, a permanent exhibition where you can admire a curious collection of historical ornaments and clothing from the 19th century.
Museum of Parmigiano Reggiano
Obviously, the museum of one of the culinary symbols of Parma could not be missing: Parmigiano Reggiano. Just outside the city, in Soragna, is the Museum of this cheese (which we adore, especially Simone), a paradise for product lovers. Located in an old 18th century farm owned by the princely Meli-Lupi family, here you can learn everything about the famous cheese.
Visiting this city at its best depends essentially on how long you have to fully enjoy it. Here is a solution based on the number of days available to you:
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10 BEST EXCURSIONS from PARMA
Bologna & Dozza
Reggio Emilia, Modena & Carpi
Ferrara & Delta del Po
Ravenna & Cervia
Rimini & Santarcangelo
Montefiore, Mondaino & Montegridolfo
Cremona & Piacenza
Mantova & Parco del Mincio
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WHERE TO SLEEP in PARMA?
5 BEST GAY FRIENDLY HOTELS in PARMA
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WHERE TO EAT in PARMA?
5 BEST RESTAURANTS in PARMA Quality / Price
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€€ - La Filoma
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€€ - Trattoria Corrieri
GAY NIGHTLIFE in PARMA
3 BEST GAY PLACES, BARS & CLUBS in PARMA
Discoteca Andromeda (Gay Club) ® Tested by World Mappers
Dadaumpa New Life (Serate Gay - Disco Club)
Hot Friday / Bar Le Follie (Serata e Aperitivo LGBT)
TRAVEL TIPS about PARMA by World Mappers
A few kilometers from Parma, in the quiet town of Torrechiara you can admire the fantastic Torrechiara Castle, built in the 15th century. Its location, on the tip of a small hill, offers panoramic views of the surrounding region. Don't miss visiting the famous Golden Chamber inside.
Unusual and Particular Places to See in Parma
Outside the classic places to visit of the city, there is a "Secret Parma" that has simply bewitched us. Here are the 5 Things and Places to See in Secret Parma (and Surroundings):
Sanctuary of Santa Maria della Steccata - A jewel in the center of Parma, in Renaissance style. The interiors are impressive, lots of colorful frescoes and decorations. The highlight, however, is the central dome which stands out for its bright colors.
Tabiano Castle - One of the oldest manors in the province. Here today you will find an exclusive and luxury charming relais. Think that the suites are located in the watchtower and in the manor house while the spa is in a natural cave.
Labyrinth of Masone in Fontanellato - Welcome to the largest bamboo labyrinth in the world, a maze of corridors where you can easily get lost. Created by the artist Franco Maria Ricci, in addition to the labyrinth, you will find other cultural spaces that house various collections.
Reggia di Colorno - Just outside Parma is this fantastic early 18th century Reggia. Get ready to admire the marvelous Italian and French gardens, to venture into one of the four hundred rooms or to admire the apartments of the Duke and Duchess.
Scipione Castle - Surrounded by greenery, this millenary castle offers a romantic atmosphere full of history. It is located between the provinces of Parma and Piacenza and can be easily reached by car. The seventeenth-century loggia overlooking the medieval village is something indescribable. Also take a trip to the Osteria del Castello, you will find typical dishes in a rustic and particular setting.
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