Things to do in Parma

Top Things to Do in Parma

Things to Do in Parma

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  • HighClub
    United States49 contributions
    Interesting art, beautiful place, definitely a great place to visit. It is nice and cool inside, which makes it perfect destination for hot days
    Written 3 November 2022
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  • Michele D
    Montreal, Canada13 contributions
    Do. Ot miss this beautiful cathedral. It look ok from the outside but the inside is magical. The frescoes are beautiful and it is absolutely worth the visit
    Written 12 October 2022
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  • Spectacle64
    Yorkshire, UK436 contributions
    A "must see" in Parma but complicated to get tickets from tourism office. Then it is "just" the one (amazing) room. Once your neck aches looking up you leave and think - that was impressive but not sure it was worth the money! But pleased I have been...
    Written 30 August 2022
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  • Evi
    Wassenaar, The Netherlands507 contributions
    This former palace houses several museums and although the building was being renovated during our visit, we were able to see the most part of its beautiful collection. There were unexpected gems to admire and we definitely recommend a visit!
    Written 19 July 2020
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  • Whitefish8
    London104 contributions
    We were on a brief (too brief) tour of Emilia Romagna. We love going to national museums and this is a lovely spot with very few tourists due to COvid 19. Unfortunately due to C19 many galleries were shut and we were disappointed not to get to see the beautiful Leonardo 'Scapilata'. However I got chatting to a curator/gallery assistant and she showed me the image on her PC and we had a lovely chat. She was super friendly and welcoming. Next time I am here I will definitely come back.
    Worth a visit!!
    Written 4 August 2020
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  • Prico4
    Spring, TX70 contributions
    Our hostess was knowledgeable and totally amazing!! She explained the process well and allowed questions and comments. She was truly exceptional in her abilities to conduct a group and make everyone feel welcome. The cheese was incredible and we purchased quite a bit. The only thing they could add was the ability to ship more of this delicious cheese.
    Written 10 August 2022
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  • Vadim
    Murmansk, Russia24,614 contributions
    The name of the potbellied basilica means "Madonna behind the fence". However, the fence, which detained numerous pilgrims, remained only in the name. The unusual exterior of the church is explained by the fact that the Greek, not the traditional Latin cross is at the heart. It is crowned on all sides by apses. Although we do not know the name of the architect of the church, but the author of the idea is known. Bramante proposed it for St. Peter's Cathedral in Rome. The main reason to go inside is the frescoes of Parmigianino. If in the Duomo and San Giovanni the works of Parmigianino are in the shadow of Correggio, then here the famous artist from Parma took revenge. A monument to Francesco Parmigianino was erected next to the church in recognition. Not everything in the collection is the work of Parmigianino. Michelangelo Anselmi painted frescoes designed by Giulio Romano with the coronation of the Virgin in the Eastern Apse, and Bernardino Gatti presented his version of the Assumption of Mary in the dome.
    Written 17 July 2022
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  • Mairwen1
    United Kingdom7,472 contributions
    We planned an easy day trip to Parma from Bologna (under an hour by train). The park is not a must-see like the Cathedral or Baptistery but we enjoyed strolling through it and if you are doing a full day trip, I'd recommend including it in the itinerary.
    It’s easy to get to & entry is free. From the Pilotta Palace, cross the river and you’ll see the big black iron entrance gates in front of you.
    The paths are wide, flat and even - easy for pushchairs and a very good space for small children to run around in.

    Features include:
    • A man-made lake with a small island in the middle and a mystery sculpture the Fontana del Trianon, made more mysterious by the fact that it is overgrown and partially hidden. Very picturesque.
    • Turtles and fish – the lake is absolutely teeming with them. Some of the fish were the size of my arm and actually leap out of the water
    • The Duke’s Palace - a pretty creamy coloured palazzo which was once home to Napoleon’s second wife, Marie Louise who left her home of Vienna to marry him when she was just 18. The only downside is that you can’t go inside because it is now used as offices and apartments for the Carabinieri but you can wander right up to it.
    • Long avenues of shady trees, which were first planted in the mid 1500s and are very pleasant in heat of summer
    Written 1 January 2020
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  • Vadim
    Murmansk, Russia24,614 contributions