Best Things To Do in Parma, Italy

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  • Cathedrale Di Parma : One of the most significant landmarks in Parma, this cathedral is a collusion of various forms of art- the facade which is classic Lombard- Romanesque and the inside whose gilded pulpit and lamp-holders suggest Baroque. Art spills through this architecture with Correggio’s frescoes on the dome. Visiting this cathedral entails an overwhelming experience brimming with art, religion and grandeur. This monument is a perfect masterpiece of Renaissance art and culture. The most famous work of art in Parma Cathedral is the Assumption by Correggio in the central cupola. Painted in 1534, the fresco features the Virgin Mary ascending through a sea of limbs, faces and swirling drapery.
  • Piazza Garibaldi : Designed in medieval times to be a site of political power, Piazza Galibaldi today, offers a complete Italian experience. Presently, this square is a home to various shops and bars. The highlight of this square is the giant sundial sported by 17th-century Palazzo del Governatore.
  • Battistero  : Known as the Bapistry in English, the building is shaped in octagonal form with an elaborateexpanse of colourful frescoes which decorate the domed interior, and have been carefully restored. The architecture is a melange of Romanesque and Gothic tradition, beautified by pink marble. There are representations of figures representing the months, seasons and signs of the zodiac.


  • Teatro Regio : Parma city attracts many visitors who are ready to immerse themselves in the art and culture of opera houses. TeatroRegio is one of Italy’s legendry Opera houses and it offers various festivals and art performances, thereby, fuelling the artistic delights.
  • Food Tours : The city offers various three hours tours to show the production of Parmesan Cheese. Visit to one of the producers such as Quattro Stagioni which will display the unique process behind the creation of Prociutto di Parma. Along with the production of cheese and ham, the region of Emilia – Romagna is famous for its other varieties in food such as pasta and sauces, meat, bread and wine. These food tours will acquaint you with the production as well as the tasting of such a range of food.
  • Orto Botanico di Parma : Children will definitely love this place as this garden displays a whole range of exotic plants. It is maintained by the University of Parma, located in the centre of the city. In fact the green area resembles the appearance of 18th century of Italian gardens.

Below we have a list of things to do in Parma and the places where you want to spend the best moments of your trip. At the same time, the city offers you the best neighborhoods to explore and new foods to try.

This list should help you in deciding and prioritizing what you should plan on your Parma getaway. Find a mix of must-see tourist spots, underrated local hangouts, and maybe even a few new experiences you can try out.

Make the most of your trip to Parma with confidence.

Tourist Attractions in Parma

Here is the list of things to do in Parma and tourist attractions in city.

  1. Cattedrale Di Parma

    4.7 (567 Votes)
    Cattedrale Di Parma

    Historical Site, Architecture , Cathedral

    Probably a basilica might have existed on the same site back in 6th century, but was abandoned later on. In 1106, the sight was turned to a cathedral, popularly known as Parma Cathedral. It is perhaps the most important Italian Romanesque cathedral, decorated by Illusionistic fresco by Antonio da Correggio. In the interior of the cathedral, you can see a Latin cross plan, with a nave and 2 aisl...Read more
  2. Battistero Parma

    4.6 (465 Votes)
    Battistero Parma

    Architecture , Cathedral

    Overshadowing the cathedral of Parma, this pink-colored stone baptistery in octagonal shape cannot ignore your attention. Popularly known as Battistero (in Italina), it is situated on the south side of the piazza. Taking a closure look to the baptistery will show that the architectural design has a mixture of Romanesque and Gothic style. Its highlighting feature is the artwork done by sculptor ...Read more
  3. Parco Ducale

    Outdoors, National Park, Garden, Park

    Situated along the west bank of Parma river, this huge garden once belonged to Ottavio Farnese, the Duke of Parma and Piacenza. The Duke turned the place into a park for one of his villas. However, after the unification of Italy, the Municipality took over the garden made it open for general public. Within the garden the Ducal Palace is situated. This palace was actually a Visconti castle, buil...Read more
  4. Magnani-Rocca Foundation

    4.7 (326 Votes)
    Magnani-Rocca Foundation

    Art And Culture, Art Museum, Art Gallery, Museum

    The foundation was established in 1977 by the will of Luigi Magnani. The main aim behind the establishment of the foundation was to promote art and culture for the growth of civil society. At present, the museum holds a huge collection of artworks made by Luigi Magnani. Apart from Luigi’s work, you can see the works of Gentile da Fabriano, Filippo Lippi, Durer, Titian, Rubens, Van Dyck an...Read more
  5. Galleria Nazionale

    4.5 (549 Votes)
    Galleria Nazionale

    Art And Culture, Art Museum, Museum

    Between 17th century and 18th century, the famous collection of artworks, precious belongings, paintings and coins of the Farnese family were shifted from Rome to Parma and was first displayed in this museum. At present, the museum holds collection of paintings done by famous painters like Beato Angelico, Canaletto, Leonardo da Vinci, SebastianodelPiombo, Guercino, Parmigianino and Tintoretto. ...Read more
  6. Camera Di San Paolo

    4.5 (483 Votes)
    Camera Di San Paolo

    Art And Culture, Museum, Architecture

    Behind the Chiesa di San Ludovico, on Via Melloni, Camera di San Paola, an old Benedictine Convent is located. The entrance guides you into 2 single rooms, belonged to the abbess. These two rooms weredecorated with frescoes and later in 1519, the Correggio was completed. Don’t miss out the architectural design of the frescoes as it follows Roman style. The frescoes is said to be done by A...Read more
  7. Piazza Garibaldi


    Right at the center of the city stands the Piazza Garibaldi. It is a prominent square of the city and one of the best places to meet up with friends. Considered as the most beautiful piazza, the square also houses Palazzo del Commune and the Palazzo del Governatore. While touring around the city, if you want to catch a quick breather, then the Piazza is the perfect spot to relax and observe peo...Read more
  8. Chiesa Di Santa Maria Della Steccata

    Church, Religious Site, Architecture

    It is a 16th century old church, located near Piazza Garibaldi. The highlighting feature of the church is the dome. According to locals, it is one of the most recognizable domes of Parma. When you visit the church, the large arch of the dome with decorative fresco will definitely grab your attention. This decorative fresco was made by Francesco Mazzola.
  9. Monastero Di San Giovanni Evangelista

    Art And Culture, Architecture , Monastery

    This monastery was founded in 980AD and is considered as the most important monastic of Parma. It establishment had played a significant role in terms of charity and culture, for the city. Want to know how? The history says, the monastery had established a public pharmacy and a hospital for pilgrimage. However, the structure that you see now follows Renaissance style. This is because the old st...Read more
  10. Museo Di Glauco Lombardi

    4.4 (447 Votes)
    Museo Di Glauco Lombardi

    Art And Culture, Museum, History Museum, Specialty Museum

    To learn about the history and art of Parma, visit the grand Museo di Glauco Lombardi. History says, the museum was born from the idea and the will of Glauco Lombardi. He was an antique dealer and an Italian journalist. He devoted his entire life to the study of the art of the city and was always concerned about preserving it in a private collection or in an art market. It was solely his effort...Read more
  11. Antica Spezieria Di San Giovanni

    Museum, Specialty Shop

    It is the pharmacy that was set up by Monastero di San Giovanni Evangelista. It is considered as the first apothecary’s shop within the abbey. It was the place for production of medicine that was solely used for treating monks, pilgrims and the local people. By 15th century, the shop achieved huge success. Its success influence monks to add furniture which actually helped in making the st...Read more
  12. Palazzo Ducale

    4.5 (309 Votes)
    Palazzo Ducale

    Outdoors, Landmark, Monument, Palace

    When you are going to visit Parc Ducale, your attention will definitely fall on Palazzo Ducale. It is an impressive historical monument with awe-strucking features that are bound to hold your gaze for quite a few minutes. The notable features of the monument are the frescoes, the facade having 18th- statues and the yellow exterior of the palace. Today, the palace has become a significant landma...Read more
  13. I I Castellodei Burattini- Museo Giordano Ferrari

    Art Gallery, Museum, Entertainment, Performance

    Also known as the Castle of the Puppets, this museum exhibits puppets, and other props and you cannot give a miss to it. Located in the historical complex of the monastery of St. Paul, the credit for the establishment of such magnificent museum goes to Giordano Ferrari. The museum is of 300 square meters big and has a gallery holding exclusive collection of puppets, marionettes, scripts, photog...Read more
  14. Chiesadella Santissima Annunziata

    Church, Monastery

    History says the original monastery church of Santissima Annuziata was known as Basilica of Paradise. The famous Italian architecture Giovan Battista Fornovo in collaboration with Vignola (architecture) designed the architectural design of the church. The striking feature of the monastery is the impressive interior, specially the central area that is divided from the choir by a triumph arch. Th...Read more
  15. Museo Bochhi

    4 (232 Votes)
    Museo Bochhi

    Art Museum, Art Gallery, Museum, Exhibition

    The museum holds exclusive collection of artwork created by Amedeo Bocchi. He is 20th century born Parma artists whose paintings symbolize Gustav Klimt. Here, you get to see all form of artworks of Bocchi, right from pastel work to paintings and sculptures. Every room of the museum has his work ranging from youth to maturity. Apart from his artwork, the museum sometimes does organize temporary ...Read more