Strada San Vitale Borgo Salina 7, Parma, Emilia-Romagna, 43100, Italy
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San Giovanni Evangelista, Parma, June 2010
Travel Tips for Parma
The night between the 23rd and 24th of June is magic in many cultures and traditions, this applies to Parma too.
What do we do? First of all, we have dinner out of doors, on St. John's Eve, and the tradition dictates that "tortelli d'erbetta" must be in the menu. You can find many kinds of tortelli in Italy, but the filling of the true St. John tortelli is ricotta cheese with minced beet leaves.
This is the part of the tradition that most people like to keep alive. The other ones are now a bit more difficult to keep. For instance, the dew of midsummer night is magic, so if you grow healing herbs in your garden you should pick them at dawn on St. John's day, when the dew is still on their leaves: their healing powers will be much stronger.
The montain area South of...
The montain area South of Parma is part of the Appennini range. It is an area of ondulated hills, though the highest peaks may reach more than 2,000 metres. The road across the Appennini is a winding one, as it now became a secundary route, as motorways took over the task of receiving the heavy traffic.
The splendid Baptystery with its irregular octagon-base is probably considered as the land mark of Parma. Its construction began in 1196 on a design by the architect Benedetto Antelami, but the works were interrupted in 1216 due to the lack of pink Veronese marble. This was caused by the fights opposing Parma to Verona. Later on the works of the upper part began in 1259 and finished towards the end of the 13th century.
The baptistery is considered as one of the most important Italian medieval monuments, built in Romanssque style but with strong influences by the early French Gothic.
On its rooftop is an elegant balustrade with eight slim lanterns.
Chiesa Abbaziale di San Giovanni Evangelista
San Giovanni Evangelista is a religious complex made of a Church (in the main photo), a convent and the Antica Spezieria di San Giovanni (old spice shop).
The baroque-looking church was actually built in the 10th century and has some fine Correggio frescoes… there are two cloisters, where you can see other Correggio frescoes and a fine library with about 20000 books, including some truly excellent miniatures.
The complex is open every day from 9.00 to12.00 and from 15.00 to 18.00. Entrance is free.
Ponte Giuseppe Verdi
This bridge can be seen as the main bridge of the town: It connects the old town on the eastern bank with the park on the western. It is located right behind the Palazzo della Pilotta which is an interesting background for bridge pictures.
The first bridge on this place was finished in 1278, and replaced several times during the ceturies. The last bridge dates from 1903 and was dedicated to the componist Giuseppe Verdi who died two years earlier.
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Address: Strada San Vitale Borgo Salina 7, Parma, Emilia-Romagna, 43100, Italy