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Sightseeing in Parma - what to see. Complete travel guide

This is one of the most popular resorts of Italy, a beautiful old city full of attractions and hospitality. Fascinating tours to the remarkable places remain among the most popular entertainments for tourists.
The city of Parma is rich in natural sights and attractions. The resort offers its guests to visit one of the beautiful parks. The most astonishing and the oldest parkland on the territory … Open
Santa Maria Assunta Cathedral is considered the symbol of the city. The construction of the church started in 1092. Its facade is decorated with elegant marble, and inner rooms are decorated with frescoes. In the cathedral you will find several sculptures of angels, which are nowadays considered museum rarities. Another significant building is the ducal palace named Palazzo della Pilotta. At first glance the palace looks like a typical medieval building, but if you get inside, you'll be amazed by the large number of crossed corridors and stairs. The palace is still decorated with fine furniture and sculptures, so visitors will definitely have things to see that during the excursion.
In Parma is located one of the largest theaters in the country - Farnese Theatre. It can seat more than 4 thousand spectators; amazingly beautiful inner decoration of the hall is a true example of sophistication and style. The church of San Giovanni Evangelista is the best example of renaissance architecture. The facade of the building and its rooms are decorated with paintings by Correggio and Parmigianino, which was created in the 15th century. Your trip to Bodoni Museum of History and Art of Printing will become one of the most exciting excursions. Besides a large collection of printed accessories the museum exhibits a large collection of ancient manuscripts. Copyright
1. 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 … Open
In addition to sightseeing you should definitely visit the local restaurants. Traditional Italian dishes are served in Al Tramezzino, while the best seafood dishes will be found in Cantinetta. The lovers of Mexican cuisine should move their feet to Cinco de Mayo.
In the heart of the city, near the Cathedral square, is the Parma Baptistery. This architectural monument is strikingly different from other city buildings. It is an unusual octagonal building with a beautiful marble of delicate pink color on the outside. The exterior of the building miraculously combines features of Gothic and Romanesque styles. Over the years, the building has managed to preserve its original portals and other elements of the decor.
The main gastronomy speciality of Parma is undoubtedly Parma ham. Many renowned culinary experts of the world use it as an essential ingredient of their food masterpieces. Every restaurant … Open
Not far from the square is another interesting religious monument - the Monastery of St. John the Theologian. The ancient monastery was founded in the 10th century on the site of the former oratorio. Today, on the territory of the abbey you can see a historic church, as well as an old pharmacy where monks used to sell medicinal herbs grown in the monastery's garden. Within the walls of the ancient abbey is a unique art treasure - wonderful murals perfectly preserved to our days.
Parma In the heart of Parma's historic district is the Palotta Palace that resembles a strict medieval fortress with its outlines. This huge palace was built for the representatives of the Farnese dynasty. Despite the enormous wealth of the dynasty, the large-scale building was never completed, and the palace had been used as a residence for just a few years. For hundreds of years, the huge halls of the palace had been used as ancillary facilities, and now it houses several interesting museums. Here you will find the National Gallery with a rich collection of paintings, an old library, and the Archaeological Museum.
The best season to visit Parma is considered to be September as the tourist destination holds the brightest and greatest gastronomy event in this month named the Festival of Parma Ham. … Open
Parma has a lot of unusual cultural facilities, and the Parmesan Cheese Museum is a great example. This museum housed in an old cheese factory keeps hundreds of unique exhibits. Here you can see ancient utensils and other unusual devices that were used by cheese makers hundreds of years ago. Old scales, on which cheeseheads were weighed, as well as unusual cutting devices, are of particular value. Parmesan is one of the hardest cheeses, so its cutting has always been a special kind of art. A tour of the museum is always complemented by tasting the best varieties of local cheese.
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Map of all castles
Survived castles around Parma
♥   Castle 'Cittadella di Parma' Parma, 0.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Castello di Montechiarugolo' Montechiarugolo, 13.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Felino Castle' Felino, 14.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Salame di Felina' Castelnovo Monti, 14.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Rocca Sanvitale' Fontanellato, 15.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all parks
National and city parks around Parma
♥   National Park 'Parco nazionale dell’Appennino Tosco-Emiliano' , 46.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   National Park 'Parco nazionale delle Cinque Terre' , 89.5 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

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