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 I - 43100 Parma
Begun in 1196, the baptistry was created in pink Veronese marble on an octagonal plan, probably by the Parma architect Antelami whose "hand" is recognised in the sculptures and the signature figure on the lintel on the north doorway. The By..
Piazza del Duomo I - 43100 Parma
The Romanesque-Lombard style Dome is flanked by an elegant Gothic belltower. 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 of the ..
Piazzale della Pilotta I - 43100 Parma
Among the artists from the Emilia, Tuscan and Venetian schools of the 14C to the 16 C, here there is Fra Angelico, Canaletto, Bellotto, Tiepolo. The Parma School is represented by a stunning portrait of a woman, The Turkish Slave, and Correggio by hi..
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 Trento 9 I - 43100 Parma
Located in the heart of Parma, just 100 metres from the station, the Astoria Residence Hotel guarantees a friendly service and well-appointed guest rooms. Your room at the Astoria is complete with Satellite TV and air conditioning. Wi-Fi access is a..
Via Bodoni 3 I - 43121 PARMA
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..
strada Farnese 74 I - 43125 Parma
The sister and two brothers who once ran this trattoria, as well as the grocery next door, were considered a little mad - hence the name, which means 'three madcaps'. The building has retained its attractive country feel and is now popular with gourm..
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.
via San Leonardo 124 I - 43122 Parma
Opened at the end of 2011, this excellent restaurant with an elegant and minimalist style decor is one of the best in the city. Creativity is the hallmark of the chef, as demonstrated by the meat and fish dishes alike. The modern wine cellar is well ..
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 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 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 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.
via dei Ronchi 2 I - 43031 Vicomero
Standing in open countryside, this old farmhouse and its haybarn have been converted into a simple yet elegant restaurant. A passion for Emilian cuisine is evident in the careful selection of the best quality local ingredients. Memorable dishes on th..
borgo della Salina 3 I - 43121 Parma
Central location, behind the Piazza Cittadina an excellent typical taverna with old vaults and informal atmosphere: well anchored regional cuisine.