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Parma

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Capital of Italian Food Valley
Parma is famous for its prosciutto, cheese, and architecture. Home to one of the oldest universities in the world, the city is divided into two parts by the river Parma--actually a large stream that often goes dry. Virtually everything in Parma's historic city center is within easy walking distance. The centerpiece is a large Romanesque cathedral noted for its bell tower, which dates back to the 13th century, and its dome, whose fresco was painted by Correggio. Parma's terrain is mostly flat, so bicycling is popular with locals and tourists. Parking can be a challenge in the downtown area, so it's best to explore this part of the city on foot or by public transportation. Use our Italy trip planner to arrange the hows, wheres, and whens of your trip to Parma.
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Cattedrale di Parma
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Battistero di Parma
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Farm
Caseificio San Pier Damiani
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Portovenere Porto Venere
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Grotte di Catullo Sirmione
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Specialty Museum
Museo Ferrari Maranello
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Palazzo Te Mantua
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Religious Site
Camera di San Paolo
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Historic Site
Palazzo della Pilotta
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Art Museum
National Gallery (Galleria Nazionale)
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Shopping in Parma

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Aline Bassani
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Loppis
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Latteria Sociale Val d'Enza
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Caseificio Ugolotti
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Historic Sites in Parma

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Historic Site
Sottopasso del Ponte Romano
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Religious Site
Monastero di San Giovanni Evangelista
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Church
Chiesa di Santa Maria del Quartiere
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Museums in Parma

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History Museum
Museo Casa natale Arturo Toscanini
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Museo Bodoniano
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Museo d'Arte Cinese ed Etnografico
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Specialty Museum
Museo Bocchi
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Where to stay in Parma

Virtually all of the old town center's tourist sites are within easy walking distance of each other, so can explore them by staying either at a hotel in the area or a less expensive inn in one of the nearby residential neighborhoods. Staying close to the town center allows you quick access to the finest shops, restaurants, museums, and galleries. If urban attractions aren't your priority and you have a limited budget, consider staying at a working farm just outside the city.
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