Parma is one of the most beautiful cities in Italy and not a lot of people spend time to visit this gem of a place, unfortunately.
The city is pretty nice under any aspect, the center is full of awesome buildings, arts and architecture and the culinary traditions and some of the most important factories in the world are from Parma.
You might have eaten Prosciutto Crudo, this is the place where it was born the Prosciutto Crudo di parma which is considered the best prosciutto in the world.
There is a university in Parma and the nightlife is also very active because of the university that brings a lot of students from all over Italy and even abroad.
If you are ready to discover the beauties of Parma and where to go and what to eat read on this article and guide about Parma.
Parma What To Do
The parma cathedral built in Romanesque style and subsequently enriched in the Renaissance and Gothic style with the frescoes boasts a 63-meter bell tower also in Gothic style.
The exterior of the Baptistery is in Verona pink marble, octagonal in shape decorated with a large ring with real and fantastic animals.
The puppet museum is located in the monastery complex of San Paolo. Born thanks to the rich collection of Giordano Ferrari, it hosts puppets, marionettes, scripts, photographs, and vintage posters.
The Teatro Regio of the city of Parma is considered one of the most important traditional Italian theaters In neoclassical style, the stalls are decorated in white and gold and the huge chandelier that ensures the lighting was built in Paris.
If you are getting to Parma by train the first thing that you will encounter coming from the station is the Teatro Regio. Then if you walk toward the city center you will be able to find Piazza duomo and the Battistero.
You can easily walk around the city, but if you are getting to Parma with a car you will need to try to park it in a parking garage.
Parco Ducale e Palazzo del Giardino is one of the nicest parks in Parma, inside you will be able to find a lot of nice spots to have a jog, games for kids and even some nice architectures that you should explore.
Parma is famous worldwide for the prosciutto crudo di parma, this is considered to be one of the best Prosciutto Crudo in the world.
Not too far from Parma, you will also find the factories of Barilla and of many other big brands in the food industry.
The surroundings area of Parma is full of awesome towns that will impress you, this city is not too far from Bologna and Reggio Emilia as well so you might think about going to visit these cities as well.
Some other monuments and museum worth a visit are:
Camera di San Paolo,
Monastero di San Giovanni Evangelista,
Casa Arturo Toscanini,
La Galleria Nazionale di Parma,
Santa Maria Della Steccata,
Food In Parma
There is a lot of food that you can eat while in Parma and definitely you don’t want to miss the worldwide famous ham of Parma (Prosciutto di Parma).
If you like this kind of food you can go to a grocery store and ask for a sandwich with this awesome ham and you will understand how good it can be here.
There are also a lot of restaurants and trattoria in the city center where you can go to taste amazing food and awesome dishes.
Another great dish is called Trippa Alla Parmigiana, La Trippa are parts of the stomach of the cow that are boiled and seasoned with a lot of Parmesan cheese and other things, this dish takes 3 hours to be ready.
Here in Parma, you will also find the parmesan cheese headquarter, in fact, the Parmigiano Reggiano belongs to the province of Parma and Reggio Emilia, you don’t want to miss to have a taste of this cheese in this city.