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Culture of Parma. Places to visit - old town, temples, theaters, museums and palaces

The main architectural symbol of the city is considered to be the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta. A construction of the scale building was started as far back as in 1092. The oldest part of the building is considered to be the marble frontage which has been preserved unchanged for many centuries. In the course of its long existence the Cathedral changed its interior decoration for many times however the most significant and precious relics have been preserved. The cupolas of the Cathedral are decorated with ingenious fresco paintings and the hall of the Cathedral features graceful sculptures of St.Heliodorus, first bishop of Altino.
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The same attractive and interesting architectural landmark of Parma is considered to be the Palazzo della Pilotta. The building of the palace features original weird form. The palace is a complex labyrinth of numerous rooms, stair flights and cozy inner porches. A tour over the palace will be of great interest to all guests. The age of the palace is about 400 years however it still looks impressive.
The real pride of the city of Parma is one of the most significant landmarks of the national scale being the Farnese Theater which is housed in the mentioned above palace. A huge hall which can accommodate up to 4000 guests at once, unique diverse side scenes, elegant pilasters and columns, antique sculptures and marvelous balustrades are the main features of the theater which was established in the 17th century. The theater still amazes its visitors with unique atmosphere and majesty. Every performance in the theater is the most significant event in the cultural life of the city. The performances attract guests from all over the world. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
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The gravest landmark of the city of Parma is the Governor’s Palace. In the course of its long life the palace has witnessed numerous significant historical events. Several centuries ago this was a place punishing of criminals, witches and heretics. Later on a square in front of the palace was reequipped into a cattle yard and since the end of the 19th century the building of the palace stood in utter desertion.
Piazza duomo by night Among religious landmarks of the city the abbey church of Saint John the Evangelist (San Giovanni Evangelista) is well worth visiting. The church is one of the brightest and most remarkable landmarks of the Renaissance epoch. A high building with ingeniously finished frontage keeps plenty of significant religious artifacts. Tourists should necessarily estimate the inner decoration of the church and enjoy beautiful fresco paintings of the 15th century. Not far from the church tourists will find another spot of attraction being the oldest drug store in the city named after San Giovanni.
In the section below, you can get one of our excursion tickets or city discovery tours over Parma and surroundings. Our website offers 10-30% lower ticket prices, when compared to the offline purchase on the spot.

City tours, excursions and tickets in Parma and surroundings

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What to visit during two-day excursion in Parma

Duomo
Where: Piazza Duomo, Parma; Telephone: +39 0521 235886;
Battistero
Where: Piazza Duomo, Parma; Telephone: +39 0521 235886;
San Giovanni Evangelista
Where: Piazzale S. Giovanni 1, Parma; Telephone: +39 0521 235311;
Chiesa Madonna Della Steccata
Where: Piazza della Steccata 9, Parma; Telephone: +39 0521 234937;
Palazzo Pilotta
Where: Piazzale della Pilotta 15, Parma; Telephone: +39 0521 233309;
Galleria Nazionale
Where: Piazzale della Pilotta 15, Parma; Telephone: +39 0521 233309;
Museo Archeologico Nazionale
Where: Piazzale della Pilotta 15, Parma; Telephone: +39 0521 233718;
Teatro Regio
Where: Via Garibaldi, 16/A, Parma; Telephone: +39 0521 039393;
Reference information
Map of all palaces
Public palaces near Parma
♥   Palace 'Ducal Palace' Parma, 1.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Palace 'Ducal Palace of Colorno' Colorno, 14.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Palace 'Ducal Palace' Modena, 50 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Palace 'Palazzo del Te' Mantua, 52.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Palace 'Palazzo Canossa' Verona, 87.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all art museums
Art galleries in Parma and around
♥   Art museum 'Pinacoteca Stuard' Parma, 0.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art museum 'Galleria Nazionale di Parma' Parma, 0.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art museum 'Palazzo della Pilotta' Parma, 0.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art museum 'Museo archeologico nazionale di Parma' Parma, 0.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all churches
Cathedrals and basilicas near Parma
♥   Abbazia Cistercense S. Bernardo di Chiaravalle, Fontevivo, 14 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Santuario Basilica della Beata Vergine del Santo Rosario, Fontanellato, 15.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Chiesa di S. Maria Nascente, Brescello, 18.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basilica di S. Marco, Boretto, 21 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Cattedrale di S. Donnino Mattire, Fidenza, 23 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Cattedrale di Beata Vergine Assunta, Reggio Emilia, 25.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basilica Cattedrale di S. Maria Assunta, Carpi, 43.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo

Iconic cultural sights of Italy

Milan is the second largest city in Italy. It has a huge number of museums and historical monuments. The symbol of the city is the Milan Cathedral in the style of flaming Gothic, amazing in its beauty. It was constructed in the 14th century. The Ambrosian library contains Leonardo da Vinci's unique manuscripts, and Villa Reale became the home of Napoleon Bonaparte and his wife Josephine. Genoa is another ancient city of Italy, a former independent republic for many centuries. The symbol of Genoa is Piazza Ferrari, the main square in the center. On the Via Garibaldi Street are the palaces of the aristocratic nobility of the city. Another popular area among tourists is Bokkadance, a region on the seashore where sailors live. … Open
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Culture guide to Parma. Which fascinating sights to visit once you are in Parma: temples, museums, churches, museums, theaters and castles. Recommendations (with addresses, phone numbers and links) on the places 'must visit' in Parma. Plan your own city excursion by using this page info!
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