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  • 1 Parma Baptistry Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    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. ..

  • 2 Teatro Farnese (Farnese theatre) Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Piazzale della Pilotta

    This stunning theatre is made entirely of wood and was built in 1619 by G.B. Aleotti on the model of the Olympic theatre at Vicenza and inaugurated on the occasion of the marriage of Marguerita de Medici with Edward Farnese. It is a stunning piece of..

  • 3 Parma National Gallery Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    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..

  • 4 Parma Duomo Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    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..

  • 5 Camera del Corregio (Correggio room) Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Via Melloni 3

    The dining room of the Abbess of the Convent of de St Paul received in 1519-1520 the first monumental decoration created by Correggio : the frescoes in the vault, a luminous mythological creation in which you can see the influence of Mantegna.

  • 6 National Museum of Archaeology of Parma Interesting

    Museums and art

    Piazzale della Pilotta

    The museum exhibits pre-Roman and Roman pieces found in the excavations at Velleia, in the Parma region. It is notably home to the tabula alimentaria, a set of Roman agricultural laws engraved on a giant slab of bronze.

  • 7 Fondazione-Museo Glauco-Lombardi Interesting

    Museums and art

    Strada G. Garibaldi 15

    The museum exhibits works relating to Marie-Louise and her reign over Parma from 1814 to 1847), as well as personal belongings. Many French painters are on show, among whom Boucher, Vigée-Lebrun, Lefèvre, La Tour and Hubert Robert.

  • 8 Antica spezieria di S. Giovanni Evangelista

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Borgo Pipa 1

    Founded by the Benedictine monks in the 13 C, this old apothecary was redecorated in the 17 C.

  • 9 Palazzo della Pilotta (Palace of Pelota)

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Piazzale della Pilotta 15

    Once pelota was played in the courtyards of this austere palace built under the orders of the Farnese between 1583 and 1622. Today it contains two museums, the archaeological museum and the national Gallery, the Palatine library and the Farnese theat..

  • 10 Santa Maria della Steccata

    Religious buildings

    Piazza Steccata 9

    Built in the 16 C, it contains attractive frescoes from the Parma School depicting the Foolish Virgins (between Moses and Adam) and the Wise Virgins (between Eve and Aaron). There you can also see the the tombs of the Farnese and the Bourbon-Parma (i..

  • 11 Parma Royal theatre

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Via Garibaldi 16

    Renowned for its acoustics, this theatre has an attractive Neoclassical facade and was built between 1821 and 1829 at the request of Empress Marie-Louise of Austria, and inaugurated with Bellini's opera Zaira.

  • 12 Palazzo del Giardino (Palazzo Ducale)

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Strada di Fonderie

    Today the headquarters of the forensic police department, the former palace is rich in 18C frescoed ceilings, which now keep watch over empty rooms. However the water feature and wide tree-lined avenues of the gardens of the Ducal palace, designed by..

  • 13 Casa Toscanini (Toscanini House)

    Museums and art

    Borgo R. Tanzi 13

    A visit to the birthplace of the conductor Arturo Toscanini (1867-1957) is unmissable for any self-respecting music fan! There are interesting documents linked to the musician's family, and also to Verdi and Wagner, some letters from Mazzini, Garibal..

  • 14 San Giovanni Evangelista

    Religious buildings

    Piazzale San Giovanni 1

    This Renaissance building with a Baroque facade must be seen for the frescoes in the dome, created by Correggio, on the subject of the Vision of St John at Patmos and of the Conversion of the Evangelist. Those in the arches of the left-hand side chap..

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