Parma Travel Guide

  • The View,Castello di Torrechiara, June 2010
    The View,Castello di Torrechiara, June...
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  • Verdi Monument, Parma, June 2010
    Verdi Monument, Parma, June 2010
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    Duomo di Parma, Rear Exterior, June 2010
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Parma Highlights

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     Arts, history, food, sports and culture 

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     still not known enough 

  • In a nutshell
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     You can start from here if you wanna visit untouristy Italy 

Parma Things to Do

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  • The Palace in the Park

    This palace, inside the Parco Ducale, is the Palazzo Ducale. It is where the Dukes lived, whereas the Palazzo Pilotta was used for functions and was the home of dignitaries.This small palace was built in the XVI century, but it was completely changed two centuries later.It is currently, and it has been for several years, the premises of the RIS...

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  • Salumificio La Perla - Parma Ham

    We visited Salumificio La Perla to see the production of the famous "Prosciutto di Parma". This family has been growing this business for 20 years. The Prosciutto is 100% natural and quite fat free - low percentage of cholesterol. La Perla lies in Quinzano not far from Langhirano among the green hills of the Appennines.We were told there were...

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  • Pilotta Palace

    The Pilotta Palace, built in1583, was the home of the powerful Farnese family. Giulia Farnese was the mistress of Pope Alexander VI, and her brother, Allesandro, became Pope Paul III. Allesandro’s son, Pier Luigi, became the Duke of Parma in 1545 and built the palace. There was a church on the grounds, but Napoleon tore it down. Trees have been...

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Parma Restaurants

  • Ravioli Headquarters

    Right in the center of Parma, just a stroll away from the Baptistry you will find a line of diners waiting to get inside Trattoria Corrieri. You will be glad you called ahead for a reservation, as you stand by a huge window where you can see the food being prepped and hear your name called. where else can you enjoy all that action?All those workers...

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  • Dine by the park

    Corale Verdi was recommended by our guide, and it seems to be a popular neighborhood place. We sat at a pleasant outside table. Very little English spoken, but they could explain the ingredients in the dishes.Opens at 7 p.m. I had a very good pasta dinner (Tortelli alla Corale) for 7 Euro.

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  • Fresh fish and more

    For a number of years this place had been a favourite for those who wanted a quick bite, especially at night, because it used to be one of the few eateries still open after midnight. It gradually changed, turning into a proper restaurant, and when the owner (still the same) hired a very good chef the Tramezzo grew to the status of a...

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Parma Nightlife

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  • some fine performances

    The Teatro Regio (Regio theatre) is a theatre that was founded in 1821 and inaugurated in 1828 and which is still in operation today. It was built because the well-known Farnese theatre posed some acoustic problems and was therefore unsuitable for musical performances.The theatre today hosts performances such as concerts, operas and dance. Big...

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  • IF YOU COME HERE DONT FORGET...

    IF YOU COME HERE DONT FORGET TO GO TO EAT SOMETHING AT THE 'RANGON' A REALLY TYPICAL CHEAP AND GOOD RESTAURANT IN THE CENTER AND AFTER THAT YOU CAN GO TO THE MUSTIFF PUB BEFORE YOU GO CLUBBING AT THE HIPPOPOTAMUS (via Emilia est)

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Parma Transportation

  • Railway Station

    After getting to Parma by my car I would say it is more comfortable reaching it by the train; first, you wont spend time on searching for free parking place (sometimes it looks like lottery), and secondly, the train station is situated right in the centre of the town so you wont need taxi or public transportation to get the major sights because all...

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  • Metro Parma

    Parma is not a big city and if you go there as a tourist, you can avoid using public transport, since you can reach all the attractions on foot.However, Parma is growing and two light metro lines are to be built to connect the city centre to the airport, the university and the motorway. You can see the plan of line A in the link below.

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  • By train

    Parma lies halfway on the Milano-Bologna railway. Regional trains, as well as Intercity and Eurostar trains connect it to these two cities but also to other minor destinations, such as Parma and La Spezia.I took the train from Bologna to Parma: it covered the 90 kms in just one hour, i.e. at an average speed of 90 kms/h, which is very high for a...

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Parma Shopping

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  • Clothes

    Max Mara is a famous name, with over 1200 shops in 90 countries. However, here in Parma we had Max Mara shops much earlier than in other places. That's because the company is based in Reggio Emilia, just a few kilometres away, and Max Mara gained its popularity locally first, and then conquered the world. Max Mara clothes are a good combination of...

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  • The monk's shop

    If a visit to the ancient pharmacy of San Giovanni makes you long for the herbal remedies that centuries ago were a speciality of monks, you can find them nearby. In fact the Benedictine monks of San Giovanni have another abbey in Torrechiara, a few kilometres out of town, where they grow herbs and keep bees, and make the products that are sold...

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  • More Parma style

    The picture I have posted may look a bit weird. It's because I have captured the church of Santa Maria della Steccata mirrored in a shop-window. The shop is Calzoleria della Steccata, and it's been there as long as I remeber, although we locals are used to call it "Alexander". The reason is that for many years it used to sell only shoes of that...

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Parma Local Customs

  • Bikes Bikes Everywhere!!

    I love bikes and this town is loaded with them. These are real working bikes. I loved looking at all the ways people had them decked out for their daily errands. No goofy dual suspension monstrosities here.So take a little time and stroll past the parking areas and get an eyeful of classic bikes.

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  • When in Rome (or Parma), do as the...

    I must have led a charmed life up to this particular venture to Italy, because in all the other countries I visited, English was either one of the standard languages or, in the case of France, I spoke the ambient tongue. I suppose I expected that many, if not most, of the hoteliers and shop keepers and transport personnel in Italy would speak at...

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  • Cover charges and tipping

    When you are seated at an Italian restaurant, you should anticipate paying "coperto" or a cover charge, assessed on a per person basis. This ranges from something minimal to several euros, presumably depending upon the restaurant although I never analyzed this during our trip. Since the cover charge is intended to compensate the restaurant for the...

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Parma Warnings and Dangers

  • Lack of luggage lockers at the station

    The railway station is being totally rebuilt and the works are supposed to go on for years, so in the meantime there is a provisional station that lacks a left-luggage service.The tourist information office (IAT) is willing to help, by keeping visitors' luggage in their premises. They do not charge any fee, but they will ask you to leave an ID...

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  • Look For Bikes

    One of the things I most like about bike is that they are quiet and speedy. This is not so good if you come from a place where you do not have a lot of people riding bikes because you may forget to look for them. Always give the path or road a second look before you step out. A bike can really clobber you. They are not being careless or rude. It is...

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  • Sunday afternoon

    Not really sure if this should be a "must do-thing" or a "danger-tip"...? But Sunday afternoons in Parma is something extreme. Everything is silent. Everything is closed. There isn't one shop open, and you'll have to be quite lucky to find even a café open. It's like a ghost town almost.Much better a while later, when suddently all the shops open...

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Parma Tourist Traps

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    ... and the time 'finally' came to go back to Parma; no camera with me and therefore no pic at all ... BUT:
    pleae, please, please avoid to have a drink at Gran Caffe' Orientale. They are simply unable to prepare it !!! I went for a Mojito and I was shocked !!! no words to describe it !!! the amazing blond with me (the same, always the same :-( had a decent description: like a bad medicine (or something like that, I'm not really always listening to her :-).
    Make no mistakes if you definitely wanna sit in this bar: go for a coffee or a cappuccino ...

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Parma What to Pack

  • Some like it hot

    Although things tend to cool off at night, if you're an American and used to air conditioning which gets really COLD, you may find that it is well worth your while to bring a small battery-powered fan with you, or to purchase a slightly larger fan which has the appropriate plug for Italian current. I brought two of the former and we never did get...

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  • Laundry facilities are hard to find

    Given the paucity of laundromats -- I never found one -- it is probably wise to bring along a small bottle of laundry detergent (though shampoo will do in a pinch), clothes pins and laundry line. You can wash out your "smalls" each night in the sink, and periodically launder larger items when you have access to a bathtub.

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  • If you're used to wash cloths, bring...

    Our hotel in Parma included bath towels and hand towels, but not what we Americans call "wash cloths" (a small towel used to wash one's face). Luckily, my friend had brought a supply which could be left behind in each city, and I brought Olay's excellent cleansing tissues because that's what I use back in Rhode Island. But if you're younger than...

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Parma Off The Beaten Path

  • Visit a Parmigiano-Reggiano Coop in...

    We visited Caseificio Sociale "Pongennaro" in Soragna to see how Parmigiano Reggiano is made. About 15 farmers have joined together to make this product. It can only be called Parmgiano Reggiano if the cows are from here, the cheese is made here and ages here. Then it is certified as the real deal. We enjoyed seeing all the processes and bought a...

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  • Azienda Sperimentale Stuard

    I went to Parma outskirt to visit a special Farm. The Azienda Sperimentale Stuard is the result of years of study about chili peppers. Right now they have over 500 variety of peppers, for cooking or just for decoration.They have a huge online catalogue from where to order plants or seeds and twice a year, in May and in October they organize a...

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  • Museo del Parmigiano Reggiano

    Go to Sorogna, very near Parma, to visit the Museo del Parmigiano Reggiano. It is located in an 18th Century cheese factory on the grounds of an old castello. They showed a film on the traditional way of making cheese, and then gave us a tour of a modern process. It takes 600 liters of milk to make one big wheel of cheese! Naturally, they have a...

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Parma Sports & Outdoors

  • Football

    .AC Parma is one of the leading Italian and European football clubs. Although they were defeated (1-4) by my favourite Polish football team Wisla Krakow (my former hometown hehe) in European UEFA Cup in November 2002.AC Parma stadium is located about 1 km from historic center of the city. Unfortunately there was no match when I was in Parma. But if...

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  • Football club Parma

    FC Parma is one of the newest club in Serie A, if I may say so about a club that took the step up in the first division in 1990/91. Backed up by the then so mighty Parmalat as sponsor they too Europe with storm, and won the Uefacup twice and the Cupwinner cup once during the 1990-ties. With players like Hernan Crespo, Tomas Brolin and Faustino...

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  • Parma

    Parma is city of about 185000 inhabitants and over 2000 years old which belongs to the Emilia-Romagna region. The scenic river Parma, which flows into the Po river, runs through it and the old town has plenty of cobblestone alleys. This should be a reason good enough to visit it. Most people, however, come to see it for culinary reasons: this is...

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  • Arriving there

    If you arrive by train, just outside the station you will find a large leafy square, with a pond and a monument in the middle.The man celebrated by this monument is Vittorio Bottego, one of those explorers who in the XIX century wanted to eliminate all the blank areas from the maps of Africa and went exploring those regions that were still unknown...

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  • Nice place to live in

    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...

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