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 (passport or other) until you get back to retrieve your luggage.
The opening time of the IAT is 9.00 to 19.00 on Saturdays, but from Monday to Friday they close for lunch break from 13.00 to 15.00, and on Sundays it is open only in the mornings (9.00-13.00).
When you get out of the station you need to take the bus No 1, get off at the 3rd stop, which is at a large green square (Piazza della Pace), across the street, slightly to the left, there is a short street named Via Melloni, the IAT office is there.
The bus tickets must be bought before boarding the bus, and stamped in the small yellow machines on the bus. They are sold in kiosks and shops that sell newspapers and by tobacconists. In the provisional station there are both, and you will have to pass by them while getting out.
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 up to you to be aware of your surroundings.
Parma is a town with many cyclists so be polite and give things a double take before you step out.
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 up again. Around 18.30 I think it was, and the whole city wakes up.
Make sure to shop the things you want though, since it on Monday morning before lunch will be deadly silent again... ;)
But the rest of the week the city is alive and kicking again!
If the weather is nice, as it was when we were in Parma, I advice you to take a stroll through the city center, or down along the river. Also the Parco della Pace was very nice, and quite many people sat there just relaxing in the sunshine.
Was never there, but I would guess that Parco Ducale is a very nice park to visit on a Sunday afternoon.
It is not strange that bicycles are so much used in flat places: the Netherlands, Denmark ... and Emilia-Romagna.
In Parma you can be sure to see people riding bicycles even in the worst weather, so imagine how it is in the good season!
Unfortunately cyclists seem to be the most undisciplined category of road users in this city. They ignore all the rules: they ride on the wrong side of the street or on pavements, talk on the phone, turn off their lights, never stop at pedestrian crossings. Are they authorized to do so? Of course not, but the local authorities are so keen in reducing pollution that the local police have instruction to tolerate most of cyclists' infractions.
For the above reasons: always pay attention to bicycles, because you may run into them in the most unexpected places.
The Parma-supporters aren’t known for being violent. You will be able to go to any Parma-game without having to be afraid for incidents.
Their biggest enemies are Juventus, Modena, Bologna and Milan, but that means just that the supporters will make something extra, as a coreografia, for these games.
When you're driving on all roads in Italy during night and day you need to keep your headlights of your vehicle on !!
You could get a ticket if they're not turned on !!