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Parma’s name is instantly recognizable as the birthplace of Parmesan, but there’s much more to this beautiful city than cheese. Parma is one of Italy’s most prosperous cities; its pristine streets and piazzas are flanked with historic buildings and fantastic restaurants. Savor life-changing meals, see some of Italy’s finest artwork and listen to classical music in gorgeous opera houses.
Many of Parma’s palaces and churches were built between the 16th and 18th centuries, when the powerful Farnese family ruled the city. Although Parma suffered significant damage during World War II, most of its Renaissance-period buildings remain remarkably well preserved.
Admire beautiful frescos painted by famous Italian Mannerist artist Parmigianino at the 16th-century Basilica di Santa Maria della Steccata. See valuable treasures in the 12th-century Duomo, including the Assunzione della Vergine (Assumption of the Virgin) painting decorating the cathedral’s octagonal cupola. Take a break in the elegant gardens of Parco Ducale to find peaceful paths, tranquil fountains and well-landscaped lawns.
Discover more of Parma’s artistic masterpieces in Galleria Nazionale, a 16th-century palace that once belonged to the ruling Farnese family. Highlights include La Scapigliata by Leonardo da Vinci and Correggio’s Madonna della Scodella, which shows Joseph and the Virgin Mary looking lovingly at the infant Jesus.
It’s almost impossible to miss the Battistero, with its striking mix of Romanesque and Gothic architectural styles. Built at the beginning of the 12th century, this building’s distinct white-and-pink marble bands symbolize the purity and blood of Christ. Take a look at the 13th-century frescoes found inside, which depict seasons and zodiac signs.
Don’t leave without sampling some of the city’s unique and delicious cuisine. Some of Parma’s most famous specialties include Parma ham (prosciutto) and Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese. Try the two together as an antipasto, or sample the prosciutto-stuffed pastries displayed in the windows of local bakeries.
Parma is located 17.4 miles (28 kilometers) northwest of Reggio. It can be reached by train from Bologna, Piacenza, Modena and Milan.
Located in Parma City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of University of Parma, Palazzo della Pilotta, and Piazza Garibaldi. Shrine of Santa Maria della Steccata and Teatro Regio di Parma are also within 10 minutes.
Adjacent to picturesque Parco Ducale, this Parma hotel is about a 15-minute walk from the historical city center. The Cathedral of Parma, with its Renaissance fresco, is 1.1 km (0.7 mi) away.
Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Eridania Park, Auditorium Niccolo Paganini, and Baptistery of Parma. Cathedral of Parma and Barilla Center are also within 2 mi (3 km).
Located in the heart of Parma, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Palazzo della Pilotta, Teatro Regio di Parma, and Ducale Park. Shrine of Santa Maria della Steccata and Baptistery of Parma are also within 1 mi (2 km).
Located in Parma City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Teatro Regio di Parma, Shrine of Santa Maria della Steccata, and Palazzo della Pilotta. Baptistery of Parma and Bishop's Palace are also within 10 minutes.
Set in Noceto, this family-friendly hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Taro Regional Park, Fidenza Shopping Park, and Fidenza Village. Ducale Park and Eridania Park are also within 9 mi (15 km).
Located in the heart of Parma, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Palazzo della Pilotta, Teatro Regio di Parma, and Shrine of Santa Maria della Steccata. Cathedral of Parma and Ducale Park are also within 10 minutes.
Located in Parma City Centre, this boutique hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Cathedral of Parma, Palazzo della Pilotta, and Teatro Regio di Parma. Bishop's Palace and Baptistery of Parma are also within 10 minutes.