Parma Off The Beaten Path

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    Palazzo Ducale

    by croisbeauty Updated Mar 27, 2008

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    As already told, the Ducal Park and the Palace were designed by Vignola who was known for its small tower on the central body of the building. During the years, the original structure was modified and extended several times. The entrance to the palace was completely changed, there used to stand the bridge crossing a small lake in front.
    After Farnese's the palace was scarcely used for the summer residence because Bourbons and Marie Louise prefered the other palaces in the surroundings of Parma.
    Today, the palace accommodates the local police forces.

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    Defending tower

    by croisbeauty Updated Mar 27, 2008

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    This is the only defending tower left after the bastions around Parco Ducale were demolished in 1905. The tower is located across the Verdi Bridge, left of the main entrance to the park. It has typical and recognizable structure like most of the others defending towers which can be seen in the northern parts of Italy, strong but yet decorative.

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    Parco Ducale

    by croisbeauty Updated Mar 27, 2008

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    Well, Parco Ducale isn't actually off the beaten path, all you need is to cross the Verdi Bridge behind the Palace Pilotta. The park was wanted by Ottavio Farnese who entrusted to the architect Jacopo Barrozzi detto Vignola to design his summer residence. At that time, of course, the bridge across Torrente and the park were closed for the public visitors. During the reign of Marie Louise the park was opened to the public and in 1866, under the Savoia rule, it became the Municipal Park. In the very beginning of the 20th century the entrance to the Verdi Bridge was opened and the bastions were demolished.

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    In the shade of ancient walls

    by Manara Written Apr 15, 2007

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    I have a special liking for cloisters, because of the sense of peace and harmony they give to me. I appreciate this feeling most if I can find it in the middle of a city. There are three cloisters here in the San Giovanni Abbey, and access is free. If you happen to visit the church of San Giovanni, I strongly recommend you to get in and enjoy, even if for a few minutes, the atmosphere of the cloisters. Upstairs you can visit also the old library, with a precious collection of medieval illuminated books.
    The entrance is easy to find, close to the entrance to the church. The only thing that can be a bit confusing is the fact that you must go through the monks' shop to go to the cloisters.

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    Giardino di San Paolo

    by Manara Updated Apr 6, 2007

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    It's amazing how much one walks when visiting a city! Especially when it is warm, a tourist needs to sit down somewhere cool.
    In the centre of Parma there are several places where you can sit under the shade of trees, but this small park is certainly my favourite, so quiet and secluded. It is hidden behind a wall, in a narrow street called Borgo Pietro Giordani. This street used to be called "Borgo San Paolo", and in the novel "La Chartreuse de Parme" the lovers Fabrizio and Clelia were supposed to have a secret love-nest here. It is fiction, of course, but it adds a romantic touch to this lovely corner of the old town.
    It is in the city centre, a by-street of Via Garibaldi.

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    Vittorio Bottego

    by Mikebond Updated Mar 19, 2006

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    Vittorio Bottego

    If you go to Parma by train, you will see this monument in a square just outside the railway station.
    When I photographed it, I had no idea of who that man was, but I learnt from Anna Maria (Manara)'s Parma page that he was Vittorio Bottego, one of the many explorers who travelled to Africa in the 19th century to discover the areas of the black continent that were still unknown to mankind. There are two more human figures representing two rivers Bottego explored, the Omo and the Juba.

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    Salsomaggiore is a very...

    by lichinga Written Sep 12, 2002

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    Salsomaggiore is a very important spa centres 30 km away from Parma, at the foot of the hills. It is not the spot illustrated in this picture, but a medium-sized town with several hotels of any possible category.

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    The montain area South of...

    by lichinga Updated Sep 12, 2002

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    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.

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    Castello di Torrechiara, Part V

    by von.otter Written Mar 12, 2011
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    The views from the balconies of Castello di Torrechiara take in the surrounding countryside.

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    These pictures have been taken...

    by lichinga Written Sep 12, 2002

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    These pictures have been taken in the medium Taro river valley (Val di Taro), on the road from Bobbio to Salsomaggiore.

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    Several rural centres still...

    by lichinga Written Sep 12, 2002

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    Several rural centres still resist the temptation of abandoning everything and move down to the city and the plain.

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