Prudent tourists are recommended to buy foods at open markets as in this case the cost of goods will be considerably lower than supermarkets will offer. Shop-a-holics should pay particular attention to jersey goods of local production, imitation jewelry and china ware which are of the highest quality in Parma.
Local shops and stores start working not later than 9am however some grocery stores as well as local markets start working at 7am. The shops and markets serve customers till 15:00 – 16:00 with a short day time lunch break.
Tourists are recommended to use street call boxes as these offer the optimum rates for inter city and international calls. The call boxes are located in close vicinity to all large shopping stores and entertaining centers of Parma. The call boxes accept special plastic cards or credit cards as well as special coins.
Local restaurants and cafes welcome tips. A 10% addition to a total amount of a bill will be quite enough. Even if a service fee is included into a bill a small cash reward should be added in any way. Paying for taxi or styling services tourists should just round up a total amount to any convenient sum.
Utility supplied voltage is 220V. All the hotels and inns are equipped with European standard sockets. If necessary adapters and connectors can be bought in any specialized store.