Cattedrale di Parma
Cattedrale di Parma
4.5
7:45 AM - 7:20 PM
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  • davidandmel
    Birmingham, United Kingdom1,585 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful cathedral
    Possibly one of the most beautiful cathedrals in the whole of Italy. It is free to enter but it is not open all day so do check the times. The soaring vaulted ceiling is covered with frescoes, as is the cupola and you can put a couple of euros into a slot to light them up which truly shows the colours and details. A beautiful building and a must see in Parma
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 5, 2023
  • betteskid
    Boston, Massachusetts1,329 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Don't miss this church and the Corregio fresco inside
    We visited this cathedral during an overnight stop in Parma and were really impressed with how beautiful it was inside. A very famous Correggio fresco can be found here in the dome. The fresco is beautiful and it was amazing to see it. Unfortunately for Correggio, he was somewhat ahead of his time and the work was not well-received by the church, making it all the more interesting. If you come to Parma, you should definitely visit here
    Visited May 2023
    Written August 23, 2023
  • Vicky Silve
    Abbadia Lariana, Italy667 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The sublime frescoes by Correggio
    Stendhal, the famous French novelist, used to say that in Parma he fell in love with the “sublime frescoes by Correggio”, which make a good show on the walls of this cathedral. The one that impressed me the most represents a man emerging from the curtain, it is supposed to be a self-portrait of the artist. The entrance is free.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written November 3, 2023
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betteskid
Boston, MA1,329 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
We visited this cathedral during an overnight stop in Parma and were really impressed with how beautiful it was inside. A very famous Correggio fresco can be found here in the dome. The fresco is beautiful and it was amazing to see it. Unfortunately for Correggio, he was somewhat ahead of his time and the work was not well-received by the church, making it all the more interesting. If you come to Parma, you should definitely visit here
Written August 23, 2023
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davidandmel
Birmingham, UK1,585 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
Possibly one of the most beautiful cathedrals in the whole of Italy. It is free to enter but it is not open all day so do check the times. The soaring vaulted ceiling is covered with frescoes, as is the cupola and you can put a couple of euros into a slot to light them up which truly shows the colours and details. A beautiful building and a must see in Parma
Written June 5, 2023
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Travellingisagift
Oslo, Norway1,927 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021
Beautiful Cathedral. A man was standing outside disallowing people to enter as the mass was ongoing. It was understandable. After the mass, we were allowed to enter. The facade of the Church was simple and you will never imagine how different it is inside. It was so grandious and so beautiful. Masks is required inside.
Written November 29, 2021
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Vicky Silve
Abbadia Lariana, Italy667 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
Stendhal, the famous French novelist, used to say that in Parma he fell in love with the “sublime frescoes by Correggio”, which make a good show on the walls of this cathedral. The one that impressed me the most represents a man emerging from the curtain, it is supposed to be a self-portrait of the artist. The entrance is free.
Written November 3, 2023
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Marina B
Gisborne, New Zealand9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2017 • Friends
I am originally for Italy. I come from Parma, famous all over the world for Parma Ham and Parmesan Cheese.
I used to visit the Duomo di Parma often when I used to live there. It is an important Italian Romanesque cathedral above all because of its dome which was decorated by famous Renaissance painter Antonio da Correggio.
The construction begun in 1059 and was consecrated in 1106. The church was badly damaged by 1117 earthquake. It had to be restored.
The interior is rich in paintings, statues, frescos and carvings.
If you go to Parma I strongly recommend to visit this stunning masterpiece. Even if you are not Roman Catholic you will certainly sense the spirituality of the place.
The entrance is free.
Written January 12, 2018
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PeterTcy
Melbourne, Australia4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2015 • Couples
The ability of Corregio to paint with such depth and precision must be seen. Agree totally with Titian -this is the best painting I have ever seen.
Written August 29, 2015
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jnstravelbugs
Canmore, Canada25 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2012 • Couples
From the outside you would never know you were in for a real treat. You enter a most magnificent church with incredible artwork. Don't miss seeing this when in Parma, you will not be disappointed.
Written June 19, 2012
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Jake23
New Jersey6,833 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Couples
This is a very nice cathedral in the historic center of Parma. Walk around and stroll the square and then stop in the church to see the frescoes and architecture.
Written July 27, 2021
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Mairwen1
United Kingdom10,680 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019
The cathedral is a must-see and was one of the highlights of our day trip to Parma. It is right next door to the Baptistery, so you can see both together. An added bonus is that entry is free. The only drawback is that there is not a lot of information inside - there are some English and Italian signs but not much. We didn't do a tour and in hindsight, it would have been helpful to have at least read something about it beforehand.
MAIN FEATURES
• The walls of the entire nave are painted with colourful scenes from the Bible, telling the story of Jesus’ life and Old Testament stories.
• The Cupola is painted with a 3D perspective by Correggio (1526). The 3D effect is quite incredible. Mary is ascending to Heaven in a whirlpool of clouds and angels. It amused us that the artist had discreetly painted Mary with her dress and robes tucked modestly in around her legs and her feet dangling - not very dignified way. I guess it was a bit of a problem to paint a realistic 3D image and not have Mary with her dress billowing out above the heads of the congregation below.
• The Deposition by Benedetto Antelami – this one is easy to miss because it is tucked away on the right hand side of the church. It is a large stone plaque fixed to the side wall so it’s much plainer than the frescoed walls or cupola and doesn't grab your attention. It is dated from 1178 and was most likely part of an altar. Jesus is at the centre, his lifeless body being supported by John as he is taken down from the cross. On the right, Roman soldiers are gambling between themselves for Jesus’ clothes. We puzzled at first over a lot of small holes punched across the stonework. It turns out that each of the holes would have been studded with a precious jewel which made us realise that the sculpture would have looked quite different in its's day and definitely didn't always look this plain.
• I particularly liked the 2 stylised stone lions flanking the outside doors – they made a great photo.
Written January 2, 2020
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somanyfoods
Rapid City, SD661 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019 • Couples
With all the great church art, I would strongly recommend having a local guide. Allow at least 45 to 60 minutes. Also, if you are touring during a peak tourist season, allow more time as even the guides have to share the space.

The art work is fantastic. If you love studying or even just observing religious work, this one is a must. I for one consider that most the churches in Italy fall under the term of “ABC”.
Written September 8, 2019
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