Parma Travel Guide

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external foto of historic hotel

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Parma is divided in two parts by the river Parma. The city is famous for its perfume (thanks to Mary Louise, the second Napoleon's wife, and her love for Viola flower, we have the perfume "Violetta di Parma") and its food specialities: Parma ham, Parmiggiano Reggiano cheese and much more. The city itself is well worth a visit too. The boulevards are pretty and stylish.

Parma Cathedral (Duomo) is an important Italian Romanesque cathedral (the construction was begun in 1059), and the artist Correggio fresco is one of the masterpieces of Reinassance fresco work.

The baptistery of the Parma Cathedral, it is considered to be a transition between Romanesque and Gothic architecture, and is one of the most important Medieval monuments in Europe; it was commissioned to Benedetto Antelami by the City Council of Parma, in 1916. The outside of pink Verona Marble is octagonal. The inside contains sixteen arches, forming alcoves each containing a painted scene.

Palazzo della Pilotta's name derives from the game of pelota. The Pilotta was to house a large hall, later turned into the Farnese Theatre, the stables and the grooms' residences, the Academy Hall and other rooms. Farnese Theatre is a masterpiece scenographic and it is entirely in wood.

The Ducal Palace, built from 1561 for Duke Ottavio Farnese on a design by Vignola. Built on the former Sforza castle area, it was enlarged in the 17th-18th centuries. It includes the Palazzo Eucherio Sanvitale , with interesting decorations dating from the 16th centuries and attributed to Gianfrancesco d'Agrate, and a fresco by Parmigianino. Annexed is the Ducal Park also by Vignola, in which there are "Tempietto dell'Arcadia" and Trianon Fountain (as Versailles).

There are many other things to see in Parma... walking along its streets there are many beautiful things to discover, it is rich in green, bridges and good food. You can go cycling, and enjoy the tranquillity of the historical center.

Around Parma you can visit many castles that belonged to the Duc of Parma and Piacenza. For example the castle at Montechiarugolo, but there are many others: Torrechiara, Fontanellato, Bardi, Colorno.

To relax yourself, you can also go in Salsomaggiore Terme, near Parma. Its water is strongly saline. The main focus of the town lies in its baths, notably in the "terme" situated in the centre of the town.


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