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- One has to see the place to appreciate how magnificent it is. I was truly overwhelmed. Forget Parmesan cheese. You can buy it at home. Just go to the theater!Written June 28, 2022
- The Parma Cathedral has retained the Romanesque style. I wanted to write "Strict", but perhaps it would be too stereotypical. The facade of the cathedral is strict only at the bottom. From above it is decorated with three rows of boxes and three portals. A pointed roof crowns the cathedral. Entering the cathedral, pay attention to the carving of Lukino Biankino on the portal. You will see figures of 12 people symbolizing 12 months. Not boring. And it's certainly not boring inside. You expect to see the simplicity of the Romanesque style: massive bare walls with columns, arches, apses with narrow windows. And inside there is a Renaissance! The three naves together with the transept form a traditional Latin cross. The "trick" of the cathedral is in its geometry. The central nave is 2 times wider than the side aisles, and at the top of the side aisles are arcaded galleries with arched openings (Triforium). Probably the local nobility gathered there during religious services. And, of course, frescoes! The most famous of them is an illusionistic fresco by the Renaissance artist Antonio da Correggio. The dome on the theme of the Assumption of the Virgin was painted by Correggio in 1525-1530. In the history of painting, it is an example of a genre that creates the illusion of presence. Interestingly, contemporaries could not appreciate the work of Correggio and wanted to wash away the frescoes. Titian, who is at the zenith of fame, stopped by Parma. The rector of the cathedral asked him if it was worth paying Correggio for such a primitive job. The great Venetian replied that even if the miserly Parmese turned the dome over and filled it to the top with coins, it still wouldn't be worth Correggio's brilliant work. Breaking away from the contemplation of the dome, it is worth paying attention to other frescoes, also of the XVI century. Lattanzio Gambara painted wall frescoes and counterfacades on the theme of the Ascension of Christ already. Impressive. Looking up, you can see the ceiling paintings of Girolamo Bedoli-Mazzola. You understand that you did not stop in Parma for nothing!Written July 13, 2022
- Our visit was a relatively brief one so we didn’t have time to explore all the buildings in this wonderful time.
This magnificent structure could definitely do with some of your time though judging from the outside. Quite stark in a way but also very beautiful it dominates the skyline and is set up ona wonderful square.
We read the history of it in amongst all the buildings around it and it certainly has a great story to tell.Written June 21, 2022
- 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 July 19, 2020
- 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 August 4, 2020
- 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 August 10, 2022
- 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 July 17, 2022
- 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.
• 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 summerWritten January 1, 2020
- Like most tourists, I ended up in San Giovanni after the Duomo. However, if you adhere to historical logic, it is better to go here first. Why? Because here, too, Correggio created. As you know , the greatest artist of Parma . San Giovanni was for him a warm-up before the main masterpiece - the dome of the Duomo. The facade of the monastery is also impressive. Although late mannerism. Although it was built starting from 1510. The heyday of the Renaissance. Rather, it was reconstructed. The reason is banal for the architecture of medieval Europe. A fire significantly destroyed the former building in 1477. However, this is not only in the Middle Ages. Recall, perhaps out of place, the ill-fated Paris Notre Dame of 2019 or Venice's La Fenice of 1996.. The facade began to be made after the interior, although the Baroque is also present inside. From the outside, the most interesting thing is the bell tower of 1618 and a huge bronze eagle in a round window. The bell tower is the tallest in Parma, and the eagle is the symbol of St. John the Theologian, a profile saint. Inside, as in the Duomo, the most important thing is the dome painted by Correggio. Here the heroine of the plot is not the Virgin, but Christ surrounded by men with naked torsos. This is understandable, the apostles. The oldest and most inconspicuous is John the Theologian. As we remember, the only one of them who died a natural death. In addition to the dome, Correggio painted the friezes and arches of the Chapel Del Bono. The rest of the frescoes are painted by artists of Emilia-Romagna, whose names do not mean anything to me or to most tourists. However, in San Giovanni Parmigianino worked hard, which, as it is not difficult to guess by name, is also from here. This is the one who painted women with long necks. Here, too, he is attracted not by the harmony of Correggio, but by the martyrs - St. Lucia, St. Agatha and St. Apollonia. You can see all this splendor from 08:30 to 12:00 and from 16:00 - 19:30. Every day. Comfortable...Written July 16, 2022
- These rooms are quite unlike any you've seen. The tourist office at the University recommended this to us, and we're so glad we took their advice.Written June 5, 2022
- The Theater Royal is built on land originally donated by Queen Cunegonde, widow of the late Italian King Bernard as a female monastery (nunnery) in 835. The French Revolution dissolved the monastery in 1810, the building was given to the Royal Theater of Parma. Unfortunately, when we visited only the lobby was available for public viewing, so we did not get to see the red velvet decorated circular seating, gold trim individual box seats or the ornately decoration walls and ceiling. Today, the company stages four operas from mid-January to April and in October is an annual Verdi Festival.
TIP: Do plan in advance and see a production, we are so sorry to not have done thisWritten September 9, 2019
- We find puppet museums to be highly entertaining and try to visit them wherever we find ourselves. This is a nice little collection in an interesting spot, and it's Free!Written June 2, 2022
- There is nothing remained form the citadel, but you can walk around, if you have want to make gymnastics theres is an outdoor place for it.Written November 5, 2017
- Great little museum in Toscanini's birthplace where we were able to learn more about his personal history as well as how his life interacted with the history of his times. It was a special treat that the docent gave us a guided tour and had an incredible amount of information and interesting anecdotes to share. Definitely recommend it, not just for music lovers but for anyone interested in history, and also as a change of pace from the more traditional tourist sites. Also - admission is free!Written July 9, 2020
- The museum is located in a former Benedictine monastery which makes parts of the building very interesting. The collection of paintings was built up by Guiseppe Stuard, who was able to spend some of the wealth built up by this Parmesan family on his collection. The collection was given to the congregation of Santo Filippo Neri on his death. His collection included Tuscan, Emilian, Bolognese, Venetian and Flemish paintings. It is one of those museums where you can get away from the crowds. Certainly worth visiting, some beautiful paintings.Written November 27, 2017
Frequently Asked Questions about Parma
- The best day trips from Parma according to Tripadvisor travelers are:
- Parmigiano cheese and Parma ham Tour
- Parmigiano Cheese, Parma Ham and Balsamic Tour in Italy
- Private Full Day Parma Food Tour: Parmesan Cheese, Parma Ham, Lunch, Vinegar
- Private Emilia Romagna Food Tour from Parma or Bologna
- Private Half Day Parma Food Tour: Parmesan Cheese, Parma Ham, Lunch