Sofitel Parma Grand Hotel Ville

Largo Piero Calamandrei 11, Parma, Emilia-Romagna, 43100, Italy
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day trips from parma

by frances50

My husband and I are planning to stay in Italy in may and will be at Lake como for a few days and in Parma for a few days - deciding whether it is feasible to see Verona, Firenze and Venice by day trips from either location(public transport) or to stay a night in each of the three cities mentioned and still stay at Lake Como and Parma but less nights

Re: day trips from parma

by mccalpin

So, you have some pre-arranged accommodation in Parma? I.e., it would be cheaper to stay in Parma and do day trips than move around?

First, look at
http://www.ferroviedellostato.it/homepage_en.html
This is the English language official webpage for the national railroad.

As you will see, there is no direct train from Parma to Verona, so you'd need 2.5 to 3 hours by train each way, with a change.

You'll see that Parma to Florence is 1.5 to 2 hours on direct train, if you leave early enough in the morning.

Like Verona, there are no direct trains to Venice, needing 3.5 to 4 hours to make the trip.

Parma is actually in a very central location - if you have a car. But the direct trains that stop in Parma will tend to be running up and down parallel the A-1 (autostrada) from Milan to Bologna (and Florence on down to Rome).

Where are you staying on Lake Como? In Como itself? Como is well connected to Milan by both the national railroad (see above) and a local private railroad Le Nord (www.lenord.it). If you are trying a daytrip from Como (city), then use the ferroviedellostato.com link above and enter "Como S. Giovanni" for the start (the only station in Como that the the national railroad serves - the other three are for Le Nord) and Verona or Venice as the end. The fastest solutions will almost certainly be with a change at Milano Centrale. Don't do Florence from here, as you would have to pass through Parma to get to Florence.

Bill

Re: day trips from parma

by effeti

Bill (ciao!) is right.

If you want to see Verona and Venice, a stay in one of the two would make more sense (the other one reachable in 1 hour by fast train).
Ciao
Francesco

Re: day trips from parma

by mccalpin

Francesco, do you know of any bus services that might run directly from Parma to Verona? It's not that far by bus...if there's a direct one...

Bill

Re: day trips from parma

by frances50

Yes, we have arranged accomodation in Parma and are staying at Cernobbia on Lake Como
Thanks for your advice - it was great

Re: day trips from parma

by effeti

There never was a direct bus, sorry. I don't think there is one now.
Ciao
F

Re: day trips from parma

by effeti

There never was a direct bus, sorry. I don't think there is one now.
Ciao
F

Re: day trips from parma

by Manara

I confirm there are no direct buses between Parma and Verona. By train it can be done in 2 hours if leaving at about 8.30 in the morning.

Travel Tips for Parma

Nice place to live in

by croisbeauty

It was my regular business trip to Italy but this time I travelled alone and had more times using it to spend entire day in Parma. Few times before I was in the vicinity but never visited the city because it is situated a bit off the road.
Parma isn't that huge like Milano or Rome are, and it makes it more comfortable for a living. It isn't small town either and yet having all what can catch our attention; nice historic centre, magnificent cathedral, lots of greenery and very interesting surroundings which I didn't visit this time but plan to do it in a near future.

Flat ground = lots of bikers

by croisbeauty

I wish to had my bike with, the city tour could have been more excited due to a fact that city centre of Parma has circled and flatted ground plan. Many citizens, no matter of age, use bikes for inner city transportation, it is one of the first things visitor can noticed when strolling around. However, I havent noticed too many marked bike paths but my observation might be completely wrong.

Chiesa di San Antonio Abate

by croisbeauty

Via della Repubblica is the main street in the historic centre of Parma, connecting eastern part of the town and Piazza Garibaldi. There are couple of significant sights in this street, the church of San Sepolcro and the palace Rangoni Farnese in the first place.
The church of San Antonio Abate is almost hidden, interpolated among the other buildings there. It was established in 1402 by the monks of San Antonio but than reconstructed in 1712 by the design of Fedinando Bibiena. At first sight, both outside and inside aspects, one does not realize it is a sacral place.

The stadium

by Calcio

Stadio Tardini was built in 1923, and is named after the projectleader and politician Ennio Tardini. There are space for 28 783 spectators and it’s rarely sold out. The only times when you might have problems to find tickets is for games against Milan or Juventus. The tickets for Parma-games are quite expensive, at least for the big games. When I was there for Milan-Parma 03/04 I paid more than 70 euro for a ticket…

Parco della Pace

by Henrik_rrb

In the middle of the old center of Parma you'll find a very nice park, called Parco della Pace ("The park of peace", more or less). We first got here around lunch time on a Sunday, and the park was empty except for a few persons who liked the idea of making their sun tan a bit better.

Later on in the afternoon-evening, it was instead crowded with people, just sitting down, relaxing, talking or strolling around.

Due to the name of the park, I'm not sure what is the most stupid of what we saw, the statue of a soldier holding a machine-gun, or the Inter- and Parma-supporters who couldn't let go of each other without talking a bit violently...

In the park you'll also find the Palazzo della Pilotta, which strange enough seems to have gotten it's name from the small sport pelota. Have no idea why, but I guess they have been playing it there?

At first I thought it was the card game pilotta that was honoured, and started to search for a "Palazzo della Texas Hold'em"... ;)

Anyway, to be a bit more serious again; inside the palace's walls you'll find two museums, of which I visited... eh... none.
Anyway, if you're looking for the "Museo Archeologico Nazionale (National museum of archeologi) and "Galleria Nazionale" (National Gallery, to everyone's surprise), you'll find it here.

Here you'll also find the Teatro Farnese, once again inside the game palace.

If you're interested in visiting these places, make sure you check the opening hours well, since it's open just a few hours every day. And probably not during Sundays.

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