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Enjoying the Gifts of Parma
Enjoying the Gifts of Parma
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Parma is another must-visit city in the Emilia-Romagna region of northern Italy. It is the perfect place to visit if you are interested in art, architecture and good food. Those who love scrumptious ham and the perfect cheese will surely enjoy the city’s gastronomic fares…

Parma is another must-visit city in the Emilia-Romagna region of northern Italy. It is the perfect place to visit if you are interested in art, architecture and good food. Those who love scrumptious ham and the perfect cheese will surely enjoy the city’s gastronomic fares while those who delight in culture will also fall in love with the city’s elegance and flair.

Parma is well connected to other major Italian cities. Whether you choose to travel by bus, train or plane, you can get to the city without difficulty. Once you get there, you might want to pay a visit to the city’s Tourist Office to get an idea on how to go about exploring the area. It is located at Via Melloni, not far from Piazza della Pace.

Many tourists visit Parma for its gastronomic offering. It is famous the world over for its delectable ham known as Prosciutto di Parma and the mouth-watering Parmigiano Reggiano cheese. These ingredients are sumptuously incorporated in the local cuisine so you can be sure to indulge in foodie haven when visiting the area. It even gets better during the early part of May when the city holds a large food fair with an overwhelming selection of the best Italian dishes.

Although more famous for its cuisine, Parma also offers visitors a perfect setting for historical and cultural exploration. Rent a bicycle or go on foot and explore the city’s historic center. Head to Piazza Duomo and admire the magnificent 12th century cathedral. Don’t miss a visit inside the cathedral’s interior because it absolutely amaze you. The elaborately decorated baptistery is a masterpiece of Benedetto Antelami, carved out of rosso di Verona or pink marble. See how the marble seems to magically change its color when hit by sunlight and shadows throughout the day. The Duomo is also home to painted arched ceilings, magnificent frescoes and other works of art.

Another imposing structure on site is the Ducal Palace dating back to the 16th century. It is home to a splendid collection of frescoes that will surely delight art enthusiasts. However, if you simply want to take a stroll, proceed to the lovely Ducal Park where you can enjoy a large green space featuring the impressive Trianon Fountain and Tempietto dell’Arcadia.

The Palazzo del Govenatore is also a popular 18th century landmark in the city. It is a beautiful piece of architecture with a remarkable astronomical clock prominently displayed on its bell tower. A stroll around Piazza della Pace is also recommended to experience the extraordinary Farnese Theatre. For your entertainment, try to take in the impressive opera performances at the marvelous Teatro Regio and see you will appreciate why the theatre is famous worldwide.

It is also worth noting that Parma’s countryside is home to several beautifully preserved castles dating from 14th-15th centuries. They make for a wonderful and scenic day trips from the city. Hikers and outdoor enthusiasts will also delight in the many trails of the Apennines Mountains and the breathtaking views they afford.

So, make sure to allot plenty of time in your Parma itinerary to get the most of what this outstanding destination has to offer.

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