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Experience the true meaning of “la dolce vita” in this historic and sophisticated Italian city, known for its fine local produce and serene religious buildings. 

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 meals that include the local cheese and ham, 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 Girolamo Francesco Maria Mazzola, more commonly known as 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 (Baptistry), with its striking mix of Romanesque and Gothic architectural styles. Construction of the Battistero began in 1196. The 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 Parma 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.

Where to stay in Parma

Top Hotels in Parma

NH Parma
NH Parma
4 out of 5
Viale Paolo Borsellino 31, Parma, PR
Free Cancellation
The price is $85 per night from Feb 6 to Feb 7

Located in San Leonardo, this golf hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Palazzo della Pilotta and University of Parma. Ducale Park and Teatro Regio di Parma are ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (571 reviews)

"Nice hotel with convenient parking. Close to centre."…"

Reviewed on Aug 31, 2020

NH Parma
Lombardi Abbeveratoia
Lombardi Abbeveratoia
Via Abbeveratoia 39, Parma
The price is $51 per night from Jan 26 to Jan 27

Located in Pablo, this apartment building is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from Hospital of Parma and 1.3 mi (2 km) from University of Parma. Ducale Park and Palazzo della ...

3.2/5 (6 reviews)

"Ce n’est pas un hôtel mais un appartement avec plusieurs chambres. Toilettes et Cuisine à partager. Pas de serviettes de bains à disposition!!! Très très pratique quand on part en court séjour... Pas d’internet. Pour enlever l‘odeur un peu fort dans la chambre, il y a des désodorisants de toilettes! ..."…"

Reviewed on Dec 23, 2019

Lombardi Abbeveratoia
Novotel Parma Centro
Novotel Parma Centro
3 out of 5
Via Trento 9, Parma, PR
The price is $76 per night from Jan 25 to Jan 26

This family-friendly Parma hotel is located near the airport, within a 15-minute walk of Teatro Regio di Parma and University of Parma. Ducale Park and Cathedral ...

4.4/5Excellent! (107 reviews)
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"The hotel was in a good location and clean. The staff were very friendly and helpful."…"

Reviewed on Sep 24, 2020

Novotel Parma Centro
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Vacation Rentals in Parma

Lombardi Abbeveratoia
Lombardi Abbeveratoia
Via Abbeveratoia 39, Parma
The price is $51 per night from Jan 26 to Jan 27

Located in Pablo, this apartment building is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from Hospital of Parma and 1.3 mi (2 km) from University of Parma. Ducale Park and Palazzo della ...

3.2/5 (6 reviews)

"Ce n’est pas un hôtel mais un appartement avec plusieurs chambres. Toilettes et Cuisine à partager. Pas de serviettes de bains à disposition!!! Très très pratique quand on part en court séjour... Pas d’internet. Pour enlever l‘odeur un peu fort dans la chambre, il y a des désodorisants de toilettes! ..."…"

Reviewed on Dec 23, 2019

Lombardi Abbeveratoia
Palazzo Dalla Rosa Prati
Palazzo Dalla Rosa Prati
Strada al Duomo 7, Parma, PR
The price is $118 per night from Jan 31 to Feb 1

This family-friendly Parma apartment building is located near the airport, within a 10-minute walk of Baptistery of Parma and University of Parma. Strada della ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (339 reviews)

"Great location and with the difference that the front of house service in the hotel is ahead of what you usually encounter in Italy."…"

Reviewed on Oct 25, 2020

Palazzo Dalla Rosa Prati
Parizzi Suites & Studio
Parizzi Suites & Studio
Strada Della Repubblica 71, Parma, PR
The price is $83 per night from Jan 25 to Jan 26

Located in Parma City Centre, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Strada della Repubblica and University of Parma. Barilla Center and Ennio ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (36 reviews)

"Good location adequate kitchen lacks kettle. Comfortable flat no views as inside courtyard but quiet. Kitchen equipment thin plus owners left notice complaining about thefts to explain that you can have extra equipment if you ask. Would definitely book again"…"

Reviewed on Sep 9, 2019

Parizzi Suites & Studio
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Parma

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4/5 - Good

Chris

Oct 13, 2019

Getting a taxi at the train station is confusing as its not out the main exit. Go to -0 Level.

4/5 - Good

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Oct 7, 2019

It was a stop by so didn't get to explore

4/5 - Good

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Sep 29, 2019

Would recommend a visit to Parma, easy to do in 1 day. Lots of historical sights and easy to get around on foot.

4/5 - Good

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Sep 8, 2019

Great food experience. Easy to get about using the central bus system for transportation to and from the train station.

4/5 - Good

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Jul 13, 2019

Several interesting historical attractions. Several excellent restaurants.

4/5 - Good

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Jun 29, 2019

Beautiful Church and Baptistry. Lovely walkable downtown with many shopping and dining choices.

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