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  • Duomo di Parma, Rear Exterior, June 2010
    Duomo di Parma, Rear Exterior, June 2010
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  • Verdi Monument, Parma, June 2010
    Verdi Monument, Parma, June 2010
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    Palazzo Pilotta
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    The Teatro Farnese

    by Manara Updated Dec 3, 2003

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    The visit to the Galleria Nazionale starts from here, although this is not exactly an entrance hall. It is instead a big theatre for the Dukes' court.
    It was built in 1618 in a space of the palace that was originally a hall for fencing. It was made of fir wood and entirely painted to simulate marble.
    What we can see now is a reconstruction, because the original interior was almost completely destroyed by a fire during WWII.
    The reconstruction was done with the same kind of wood, but without the painting, and the ceiling has not been reconstructed.
    Thanks to its wide stage and good acustics this theatre could be used for many kinds of events, but it is used almost only for TV productions. In fact it does not meet those safety requirements that are necessary for a large audience.

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    Galleria Nazionale

    by Manara Updated Dec 1, 2003

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    The Palazzo Pilotta hosts a rich and extremely fine collection of paintings. You can see here pictures from the Middle Ages to the 19th century. Among the artists represented here are Antelami, Beato Angelico, Leonardo, El Greco, Correggio, Parmigianino, Carracci, Guercino, Murillo, Van Dyck, Tiepolo.
    This part of the Palace went some major changes several year ago, in order to make it more suitable for exhibiting the paintings. These renovations did not change at all the appearance of the palace outside, and were very appreciated by art critics, because they achieved the purpose of displaying the paintings in the best way.

    Inside the Galleria

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    Teatro Regio

    by Manara Updated Nov 4, 2003

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    This opera theatre was one of the things La Duchessa (Maria Luigia) gave to Parma and her subjects loved.
    The people of Parma have traditionally a real passion for the opera, and the audience of the Regio has a reputation as the most critical and unforgiving. Opera singers know that no mistake will ever pass unnoticed here.

    The Opera Theatre The opera theatre
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    The Duomo

    by Manara Written Nov 4, 2003

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    The Duomo, ie the Cathedral, is in the Romanesque style. It was completed in 1106, but several additions were made later.
    Inside there is a famous bas-relief by Benedetto Antelami. The frescoes instead were added in the 16th century. Antonio Allegri, aka Il Correggio, is the author of the big fresco in the vault. His idea was imitated by many followers, but he was the first artist to paint a ceiling as if it were open and you could see the Heaven through it. This Heaven is a bit crowded and there is a lot of visible flesh, as the Virgin Mary seems to be the only fully clothed figure.

    The street to the Duomo and Baptistry The South side of the Duomo Inside the Duomo The vault
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    Parma ham (prosciutto)

    by matcrazy1 Updated Dec 31, 2002

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    In my opinion there are two kinds of famous ham: Polish and Italian just from Parma. Polish ham tastes better but Parma ham looks better, I can imagine a 7kg (16 lbs) ham hanging in my kitchen hehe.

    The hams of Parma are seasoned on Parma Apennine. The real Parma cured ham goes through at least 14/18 months of maturing; the slice, being neither thinnor thick is pink in the non-fat and white part in the fat part. Take note: you must never throw away thefat part of Parma cured ham in fact you are only able to find its real flavour when you taste every part of it.

    It's expensive: boneless whole (15,5 lb. - 7 Kg approx.), vacuum packaged delivered via courier (bought in the net) costs 161 Euro or 173 US$.

    BTW despite the ban on import of European meat (since 2001), U.S.A. allow the export of Prosciutto di Parma haha, I wander why?
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    PARMA  HAM  (pic from the net)

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    Parmesan cheese

    by matcrazy1 Written Dec 31, 2002

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    Do not forget to taste delicious and famous worldwide parmesan cheese: Parmigiano - Reggiano: available in food stores and probably in all restaurants.
    There are 3 types: 2, 3 and 5 years maturing.

    MORE:
    www.parmigiano.it (in English, Italian, French, German and Spanish)

    A few suggestions for parmesan:
    - Snack / Appetizer: fresh-grated "Parmesan" on the table as a dip for thick, soft, fresh-baked bread sticks.
    - Pizza: Sprikle "Parmesan" over pizza made with other cheeses, or mix into the pizza dough for a "Parmesan" crust. Try it on "white" pizza, made with no tomatoes.
    - Garnish: Fresh-grated "Parmesan" Parmigiano Reggiano tableside over salads, soups, pasta dishes and egg dishes.
    - Sauces / Dressings: Add fresh-grated "Parmesan" to sauces and dressings.

    Good apetite :-)
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    ORYGINAL  PARMESAN  CHEESE

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    Cathedral and baptisery (on...

    by prleprle Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Cathedral and baptisery (on the main photo)
    Famous cathedral with more famous baptistery, one of well-known buildings in Italy. You could find a lot about it in any book of history of arts. Nice paintings inside and recently renovated. Wonderful example of Romanic architecture in white and rose marble.

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    Do not miss the world reknown...

    by mauro_pd Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Do not miss the world reknown Prosciutto di Parma; you can find it in almost every restaurant in Parma !!!
    If you feel keen about 'Prosciutto then check the dedicated travelogue: you'll find details and a little bit of history about it ... but for sure you cannot taste it from the web ;-))

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    War Memorial

    by von.otter Written Feb 20, 2011

    The bell tower of the San Ludovico church, part of the former convent of San Paolo, now serves as a monument to the fallen of all wars.

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    Battistero

    by marktynernyc Updated Nov 29, 2006

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    Built with pink Verona marble - the bapistry expresses the transition from Romanesque to Gothic. The outside in no way prepares you for the inside - the painted ceiling and walls are breath taking.

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    Duomo - inside: cloister

    by Mikebond Written Feb 25, 2006

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    This should be the cloister of the cathedral, but I am not totally sure. However, its architecture is very elegant. If you know more about it, please tell me.

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    Parma Official Shop

    by rikoriko Updated Jan 24, 2005

    This is the place you can buy official Parma footballl team goods. This is located inside Parma Ennio Tardini Stadio.

    Official shop

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    Strange lions

    by matcrazy1 Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Look at made of stone lions watching the entry to Duomo. Don't they look a little strange?
    And be happy they are not alive :-)
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    LIONS  AT  THE  ENTRANCE  TO  DUOMO
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    Parco Ducale

    by prleprle Updated Aug 26, 2002

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    Take a walk in Parco ducale, peaceful and green place in the center of the town. There is nice place as well, unfortunatelly close for public.

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