Things to see and do - Parma
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Parma is the birthplace of two great painters (Correggio and Il Parmigianino) as well as the conductor Arturo Toscanini. The duchy of Parma-Piacenza was founded when Pope Paul III separated these two papal territories from the Papal States and gave them to his son. The city was ruled by the Farnese family from1545-1731, then subsequently by the Bourbon-Parma dynasty. Today, it retains the soft light and elegant charm that Stendhal depicted so well in his novel The Charterhouse of Parma.
Tourist attractions Parma : Things to see and do
Piazza del Duomo
Begun in 1196, the baptistery was created in pink Veronese marble on an octagonal plan, probably by the Parma architect Antelami whose "hand" is recognisable in the sculptures and whose signature figures on the lintel on the north doorway. ..
Piazza del Duomo
The Romanesque-Lombard style cathedral of Parma is flanked by an elegant bell tower. In front of the facade is an attractive Lombard porch resting on lions and topped by a loggia. Inside there are frescoes on the dome on the subject of the Assumption..
Piazzale della Pilotta
The rooms of the National Gallery are home to works by artists from the Emilia, Tuscan and Venetian schools from the 14C to the 18C (Fra Angelico, Canaletto, Bellotto, Tiepolo Bedoli, Lanfranco, Carrachi). The Parma School is represented by a stunnin..
Via Angelo Mazza 7 I - 43100 Parma
Set in the heart of the historic centre, Hotel Torino is just 50 metres from Parma's famous Regio Theatre. The rooms come with air conditioning and a flat-screen satellite TV. Most of Parma's landmarks, including the Cathedral and the Battistero are..
Via Bodoni 3 I - 43121 PARMA
Prix Prices from : 75 €
The 4-star Mercure Parma Stendhal is located in the heart of the old town, opposite the Palazzo della Pilotta and just 328 yds (300 m) from the station, and serves an extensive buffet breakfast. Rooms are furnished with wooden period furniture and ha..
Via XX Settembre 3 I - 43121 Parma
Prix Prices from : 54 €
Savoy Hotel is set in Parma city centre within 400 metres from both the Cathedral and the Regio Theatre. Its chic, minimalist rooms offer air conditioning and free internet. Rooms at Hotel Savoy come with minibar and flat-screen satellite TV. Breakf..
via San Leonardo 124 I - 43122 Parma
An elegant and minimalist-style restaurant serving intelligently prepared dishes with a creative twist, with a focus on top-quality ingredients and an emphasis on fish and seafood. A visit to the wine cellar is highly recommended - the restaurant off..
via Affò 2/A I - 43121 PARMA
A homage to Verdi for this recent and impassioned management that has been renovated, in name also, an old establishment in the centre of town. Various Parma and fish dishes.
vicolo Scutellari 1 I - 43121 Parma
A comfortable and informal restaurant with an attractive veranda facing the Piazza del Duomo and Baptistery. Good choice of specialities from Parma on the menu.
via dei Ronchi 2 I - 43031 VICOMERO
Surrounded by countryside, this period farmhouse and its hay barn have been transformed into a simple yet elegant restaurant. A passion for Emilian cuisine is evident in the careful selection of the best local produce. Memorable dishes on the menu in..
strada della Repubblica 71 I - 43121 PARMA
The modern, minimalist-style dining room eliminates any distractions, allowing diners to focus on Parizzi's fine cuisine. You will find specialities from Parma on the menu, as well as sophisticated and creative reinterpretations of classic Italian an..
via Goito 1 I - 43100 Parma
A young and trendy restaurant with an informal, contemporary atmosphere. The open-view kitchen stays open until midnight, while the live music entertains guests every night from 10pm.
via Budellungo 104/a I - 43100 Coloreto
The two plane trees, which give their name to this historic restaurant, are still standing, while the two young, enthusiastic owners have succeeded in bringing new life to the restaurant. They have done this without detracting from the warm, convivia..
via Del Bono 5/b I - 43123 PARMA
This simple, classically furnished restaurant is located on the outskirts of the city. It focuses on traditional specialities from Parma (lots of pasta and charcuterie), as well as more creative fare, including fish dishes.
via Saffi 26/a I - 43121 PARMA
A traditional local cuisine, with some creative touches, also inspired from the other side of the Alps, seasonal; an "on the up" establishment.