What to see in Parma in two days

This page will tell Parma and all you can see in the city in two days

First day

If you have less than 48 hours of time and you've never visited Parma, we recommend starting from the historical center. Reach Piazza Duomo, the artistic heart of the city, reported by guide books as one of the most beautiful medieval squares in Italy. Thanks to the Cathedral, in Romanesque style and the dome painted by Correggio and the Baptistery, designed by one of the most famous architects of the twelfth or thirteenth century, Benedetto Antelami, made of pink marble and decorated with precious sculptures.

Behind the cathedral awaits the Monastery of St. Giovanni Evangelista, the Benedictine complex with the famous dome of Correggio. The dome of the Cathedral and St. Giovanni are not the only works by the artist in Parma. Third, but not least known, is the series of paintures in the Camera di San Paolo, or CAMERA DELLA BADESSA, in the Monastery of St. Paul, dedicated to the goddess Diana.

A few steps away, the Teatro Regio, one of the most famous of Italian opera. The theater, with its neoclassical facade overlooking the Strada Garibaldi. In the theater we play a lot of Opera, classical music concerts, ballets and performances of the Verdi Festival, created in collaboration with internationally renowned artists. Also worth visiting is the Steccata Church, in front of the theater.

The afternoon you can dedicate to shopping. In the city center streets with the most elegant boutiques are in Via Cavour, Strada della Repubblica and Via Mazzini. For a tasty break, taste the delights of Parma: Parmigiano Reggiano, Prosciutto di Parma, Culatello, Coppa and Salame are the highlights of the inexhaustible production of the Food Valley of Italy.

Second day

The morning? Enjoy with art and culture. In the space of the National Gallery, in the Palazzo della Pilotta, next to the Teatro Regio, are exposed masterpieces by some of the biggest names listed in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. Some names? Beato Angelico and Leonardo da Vinci, and Parmigianino, Tintoretto, Correggio and Tiepolo. Also notable is the collection of works by local artists of the nineteenth century and the hall of the twentieth century.

With the same ticket you can also visit Teatro Farnese, the ancient theater of the court of the Dukes made all wood in the early seventeenth century - its acoustics are amazing. Also in the Palazzo della Pilotta deserve a few hours the salt of the Palatine Library, the Archaeological Museum, with collections of Etruscan, Egyptian, Greek, Roman age, and numerous prehistorical exhibits , and the Bodoni Museum, exhibition of thousands of books, papers and instruments of typographic printing Bodoni.

Parma is also a city of parks. The green lung of the center is the Parco Ducale, just the Garden for all the Parmesan. To achieve it, the Palazzo della Pilotta'll just pass the bridge on the river Parma Verdi. Once through the gate, on the right you will see the Palazzo Ducale, elegant residence of the sixteenth century, designed by Vignola. Jogging, walking or some 'relaxing on one of the many benches: Parco Ducale is the perfect destination for a parenthesis in the countryside.