Parma, known as the city of gastronomic delight, has everything to offer to its visitors- art, music, history and food. Every stone and brick of Parma resonates with Renaissance exuberance as we encounter Correggio’s works of art strewn over the whole of this Italian city. This town will certainly transfer you down into the memory lane with its Sepia coloured Stucco houses and Cobblestoned streets as they remind one of the early 20th century photographs. Situated in the Italian region of Emilia-Romagna, the city enjoys the reputation for its prosciutto (ham), mouth watering cheese(ParmigianoReggiano) and handmade pastas( tortellini, cappelletti and anolini). This city leaves its visitors intoxicated with its epicurean culture and art.
Parma defines a tradition in itself as it claims to have fostered various artists, prominent amongst whom are – Correggio, Verdi, Toscanini, Antelami and Parmigianino – who have bejewelled this city with their artistic representation. The city will offer you glimpses of art – nouveau cafes, dramatic Opera houses, Cathedrals, museums and Plazas as you walk through it and relish the fragrance of cheese and wine. Your tour to Italy can never be complete without visiting Parma, a city which is alive with historic architecture. Capturing Parma in a photograph would mean capturing history and tradition. Further, the city boasts of giving birth to Parma University, one of the oldest universities in the world with its origin in 9th century. The beautiful nature, green hills, the country side, plentiful vineyards and Po River that divides the city in half, render a picture perfect backdrop against this town which displays an architectural marvel.
Essential travel information and Parma tips for your visit
- Many shops close down in the afternoon(1pm-4pm), not just in Parma but whole of Italy. So try to do shopping either in the morning or evening hours.
- You cannot hail a taxi on streets. The visitors will have to go to the taxi stands in order to hire one.
- Try to learn a few Italian words and common phrases that will make your experience richer.
- Always carry an umbrella whether to beat the sun or rain. They are always present in Parma.
- Italian women are known to wear stylishly, but without the burden of too many accessories. If you want to merge with them, try to be stylish yet simple.
- Many churches and religious buildings in Italy have strict dress codes which forbid exposed shoulders, midriffs and knees. So, do carry a pair of full pants with you to your trip to Parma.
- Latte is the Italian word for milk. So, please make it clear that you want Latte coffee, otherwise you shall be handed over with a glass of milk.
- One has to pay heavily in order to park cars in Parma. Thus, it is advisable to hire a bicycle or travel on foot.
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