Parma Tourism, Italy

Visit Parma - Best of Parma

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.

Parma Travel Tips

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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Facts and Stats for Parma*

  • Pollution Statistics in Parma

    Know the pollution level of Parma before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 47.73 (Moderate)
    • Water Pollution 45 (Moderate)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 35 (Low)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 35 (Low)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 35 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 25 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 40.63 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 20 (Low)
  • Parma: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Parma for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Parma.

    • Burglary and Theft 33.33 (Low)
    • Mugging and Robbery 18.33 (Very Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 16.67 (Very Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 23.33 (Low)
    • Car Stealing 23.33 (Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 26.67 (Low)
    • Attacks 28.33 (Low)
    • Drug offense 55 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 88.33 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 76.67 (High)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 28.33 (Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 40 (Moderate)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 23.33 (Low)
  • Living in Parma - Quality of Life

    Quality of Life Index of Parma is 159.43 (Very High)

    • Safety Index 72.63 (High)
    • Climate Index 87.98 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 47.61 (Moderate)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 33 (Low)
    • Cost of Living Index 79.23 (Moderate)
    • Health Care Index 71.83 (High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 11.73 (Moderate)
    • Purchasing Power Index 82.35 (Moderate)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in Parma

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Parma

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.12 USD
    • International Movie per seat 10.46 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 38.14 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 90.23 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 94.33 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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