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  • 1 Battistero (Baptistry) Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    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..

  • 2 Teatro Farnese (Farnese theatre) Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Piazzale della Pilotta I - 43100 Parma

    This stunning theatre is made entirely of wood and is a identical replica built in the 50s of after the original had been the victim of a fire in 1944. That had been built in 1619 by G.B. Aleotti following the model of the Olympic theatre at Vicenza ..

  • 3 Galleria Nazionale (National Gallery) Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    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..

  • 4 Duomo (Dome) Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    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 ..

  • 5 Camera del Corregio (Correggio room) Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Via Melloni 3 I - 43100 Parma

    Also known as the Camera di San Paolo, 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 ca..

  • 6 Museo Archeologico Nazionale Interesting

    Museums and art

    Piazzale della Pilotta I - 43100 Parma

    This has pre-Roman and Roman archaeological exhibits found in the excavations at Velleia, in the Parma region.

  • 7 Fondazione-Museo Glauco-Lombardi Interesting

    Museums and art

    Via Garibaldi 15 I - 43100 Parma

    Devoted mainly to life in the Duchy de Parma in the 18C and 19C, especially during the reign of Marie-Louise, the former Empress of France who reigned in Parma from 1814 to 1847 ; many French painters are on show there such as Nattier, Mignard, Chard..

  • 8 Antica spezieria di S. Giovanni Evangelista

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Borgo Pipa 1 I - 43100 Parma

    Founded by the Benedictine monks in the 13 C, this old apothecary was redecorated in the 16 C.

  • 9 Palazzo della Pilotta (Palace of Pelota)

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Piazzale della Pilotta I - 43100 Parma

    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 della Steccata I - 43100 Parma

    Built in the 16 C by Bernardinio and Zaccagni, 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 Farn..

  • 11 Teatro Regio (Royal theatre)

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    v. Garibaldi 16 I - 43100 Parma

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

  • 12 Palazzo del Giardino (Garden Palace)

    Nature and gardens

    Str. di Fonderie I - 43100 Parma

    The Garden Palace of the Duke was designed by Petitot and peopled with statues by Boudard, both French.

  • 13 Casa Toscanini (Toscanini House)

    Museums and art

    Borgo R. Tanzi 13 I - 43100 Parma

    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 I - 43100 Parma

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

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