Food tours in Parma
Art and Architecture in Parma
Parma also has a lot to offer in art and architecture: don’t miss the main square, with the cathedral or duomo, and the gorgeous baptistery made of pink marble (see photo). Go inside the duomo, look up at the cupola, and gape in awe at Correggio’s fresco masterpiece, Assumption of the Virgin, done 1526 – 1530.
Visit the 400-year-old Teatro Farnese, made completely of wood with lots of trompe d’oeil paintings.
Other worthwhile things to see in Parma
- visit the famous conductor and musician Toscanini’s museum and birth place.
- If you’re traveling with kids who need to run around, visit the Orto Botanico di Parma, a huge botanical gardens. Admission is free, and it’s open daily, but check here for hours (it’s in Italian, but scroll down and look next to where it says “orario” at the bottom)
- Walk around the campus of the University of Parma, one of the oldest in the world
- The area around Parma is flat. So if you’re looking to rent a bike and ride in the Italian countryside, and want to avoid the steep hills in Tuscany, look no further!
- Speaking of the countryside, if you like castles, this is the place to be. Click here for a list and description.
photo by Sanjay
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