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Parma 2020-21 – 20 reasons to visit the Ducal City

by /// August 31, 2021
Estimated reading time: 4 minutes



Pilotta Palace and Farnese Theatre

The imposing palace – symbol of the Ducal power of the Farnese Family – houses the precious masterpieces of the National Gallery of Parma, the ancient artifacts of the National Archaeological Museum, the historic volumes of the Palatine Library and the Farnese Theater, a spectacular setting that still preserves the memory of the sumptuous court life of the Farnese Dukes.


Regio Theatre

Originally called Nuovo Ducale Theater, it is the temple of music that intimidates also the great artists, willed by the Duchess Marie Louise, wife of Napoleon, and inaugurated after only 8 years of construction work.


The types of Giambattista Bodoni

In other words, the first examples of modern (typographical) characters – the Bodonis – created by the typographer born in the Piemonte region but citizen of Parma of adoption, to whom the ducal city also dedicated a museum.


Valserena Abbey

Example of Cistercian culture, built by the Benedictines, it inspired Stendhal for his novel The Charterhouse of Parma and today hosts the CSAC – Study Center and Communication Archive.


The Scapiliata by Leonardo Da Vinci

A work on which art historians agree in defining a unicum in the Master’s production. After the loan to the Louvre for the exhibition that celebrates the 500th anniversary of the death of the genius born in Vinci (Tuscany), it will return to be admired in the Pinacoteca from March, completing the itinerary #inEmiliaRomagna on the traces of Leonardo.


Correggio and Parmigianino

Or two local artists who become international: to admire them, we suggest a visit to the Duomo (dome frescoed by Correggio) and to the Castle of Fontanellato (Diana and Atteone room frescoed by Parmigianino).

The Cathedral and the Baptistery

For 900 years the Cathedral has been a place of art, history and sacredness with evidence of Romanesque art, while the Baptistery is a symbol of the transition from the late Romanesque to the Gothic style.


Colorno Palace and ALMA School

The Colorno Palace is the Versailles of the Dukes of Parma, where you can be amazed discovering the palace or lose yourself in the romantic historic garden; it is now also home to ALMA – International School of Italian Cuisine.


Giuseppe Verdi and Busseto

There is an unbreakable link between the Busseto swan and its land, where it can be discovered and appreciated.

Prosciutto di Parma DOP

The king of cold cuts, one of the 44 PDO and PGI regional products, preserves wisdom and craftsmanship refined over time with care and passion.


The Old Hospital

In the beginning one of the oldest hospitals in Italy, it is a precious place of the city now transformed into a cultural gallery: another reason to visit the Oltretorrente district.


The Parma's cuisine

Parma is worldwide known thanks to the well-known Prosciutto di Parma and Parmigiano Reggiano DOP, so that it has been recognized as a UNESCO City for Gastronomic Creativity.
You have no choice but taste its traditional recipes!

Parmigiano Reggiano DOP

To discover the king of cheeses, you just have to get up early and take part to a ritual, which is repeated in Emilia’s dairies every day for nine centuries.


The Castles of the Duchy of Parma and Piacenza

Over 30 castles, fortresses and palaces for a journey through time from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance, from the Baroque to the Age of Enlightenment, from the romantic 19th century to the Belle Epoque, up to the 20th century.


Bernardo Bertolucci

Among the most representative and internationally known Italian directors, he was born in this land from which he took inspiration for many of his masterpieces that most interested cinephiles will be able to appreciate following the itinerary dedicated to him.

Giovannino Guareschi

A man with a strong character and closely linked to his territory who, starting from his small world in the Bassa, has arrived at the great globalized world, given that he is one of the most sold Italian authors and by far the most translated (in 142 languages).

Ducal Park and Palace

Another precious ducal corner of the city, with a Park “inhabited” by centuries-old trees that protect the Ducal Palace, which can be visited during extraordinary openings.


Arturo Toscanini

To learn more about the famous orchestra conductor who, from Parma, has become famous all over the world, you just have to go to Oltretorrente district and visit the Master’s House and Museum.


Culatello di Zibello DOP

To enjoy this royal cold cut – not surprisingly appreciated also by Prince Charles of Wales – just go along the Po river, where, thanks to the cold-humid winters and hot summers, the aging is refined.


Appennino Tosco Emiliano National Park

A Park with a wild heart that is also a MAB Reserve, between the Tuscan sea and the Emilia plain, with a rich biodiversity, to be discovered in all seasons with boots, snowshoes, bicycles or on horseback.



Elisa Mazzini

Social Media Manager for @inEmiliaRomagna and full-time mom.

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