The ancient city of Parma was founded before our era. Typical of this city are the cheeses and cured meats: Parmigiano Reggiano cheese and Prosciutto di Parma are known throughout the world. Thus, if you pass through Parma, do not miss the opportunity to enjoy these delicacies on the spot!
Parma is connected to other Italian cities by train; it takes about two hours from La Spezia. However, if you are traveling by car it will take only about an hour.
Places of interest in Parma
The places of greatest tourism interest are marked on the map. The city center, ideal for walking, is also shown.
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Piazza Garibaldi and via Farini
Piazza Garibaldi in Parma is a favorite place for meetings. It is the true center of the city where you will find the Palace of the Governor (Palazzo del Governatore) and the most historical restaurants. Going southward from the square you will meet the most famous street, Via Farini, the center of city life. It is here that the youth of Parma meet in the evening to chat over a spritz (alcoholic aperitif with a base of Italian prosecco).
The Piazza del Duomo and the Baptistery
The Piazza del Duomo is a splendid example of Romanesque architecture, and one of the most beautiful places in Italy. The tiny space of the square hosts three religious buildings: the baptistery, the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta and the Palazzo Vescovile.
Parco Ducale (Ducal Park)
It is the most important “green lung” and the largest in the city, created by order of Duke Ottavio Farnese way back in 1560. At the center of the park is a pond and wide boulevards, adorned with medieval marble statues, lead to it. Here you can also find Palazzo Maria Luigia Duchess of Parma, home to Napoleon’s wife.
A large green space, where you can admire beautiful landscapes and many interesting buildings. For example, the Teatro Regio is located in piazza Pilotta. The main attraction is Palazzo Pilotta, which houses the National Gallery, the National Archaeological Museum and the ancient Teatro Farnese. The entry ticket to visit the entire palace costs 10 euro.
Map of the places to visit in Parma
Recommended hotels in Parma
Given that the sightseeing tour of the city is concentrated in the center of Parma, it is best to choose a hotel in the city center. We suggest you view the three best options we have chosen for you at the best price. Or you can look at the complete list of all the hotels in Parma.
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Parking in Parma
At the entrance to the city of Parma there are free parking areas served by frequent shuttles. The ticket can be purchased directly at the car park for 2 euro and is valid for the whole day. There is also a paid underground car park in the center of Parma: 2 euro/h or 12 €/day.
All parking areas are marked on the map above.
Address: Largo 24 Agosto 1942, 3, Parma (west).
Address: str. Traversante Lupo, 5, Parma (north).
Address: via Marco Emilio Lepido, 101, Parma (east).
Address: Largo Francesco Antonio Simonini, Parma (south).
Address: str. Traversetolo, 31, Parma (Esselunga supermarket).
Address: viale IV Novembre, 2, Parma (center). Paid parking in the city center.