Parma is a nice city, walking through its historical centre's ancient streets it's always a great pleasure. The climate of pianura padana isn't always pleasant, though. Summer is hot and humid and winter is cold and foggy. If you look for a fresh pause in august or a warm moment in winter and you love art, here's a suggestion you can't miss: the Galleria Nazionale di Parma, a real and not very famous treasure hidden in the Palazzo della Pilotta, in the center of Parma. I love to go at least once a year. Entering the ancient building, you'll climb a monumental staircase who'll lead you to the spectacular wooden Teatro Farnese, in palladian style; then the museum, rich of paintings and sculptures from middle age to XIX century. There are pieces made by masters, such as Leonardo da Vinci, for example, and other made from "minor" artists commissioned by local families that ruled the town, but , to me, the most particular and fascinating aspect of this museum is the pathway visitors must follow: visiting the exposition means climbing and descending staircases that lead you to "bridges" suspended high on the immense ceilings of the ancient palace, walking through open spaces and old narrow passages. After this art experience it will be even nicer to go out and continue to walk lazily through the streets of Parma
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