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Parma, located in the northern area of Emilia-Romagna, is famous for its artistic and culinary heritage. Characterized by important monuments, rich museums and beautiful churches, Parma is adorned with splendid architecture such as the Cathedral, a Romanesque masterpiece with the famous dome frescoed by Correggio, and the Baptistery, a Gothic jewel of Gothic. The city is also known as the city of music and opera, thanks to the Teatro Regio, which has hosted internationally renowned performances and artists.



parma cathedral

Parma Cathedral is one of the most admired and important architectural complexes in Italy. Located in Piazza Duomo, it represents an example of Romanesque architecture and was built in the 12th century. Its facade has a lower part, smooth and unadorned, while the upper part consists of arches and columns forming loggias. Inside the Cathedral bas-reliefs by Benedetto Antelami and frescoes by Correggio are preserved, especially the Assumption of the Virgin. Here the essentiality of Romanesque culture coexists with Renaissance painting, creating one of the most enchanting places of Emilian artistic culture.


baptistery of parma

The Baptistery of Parma is a fascinating building considered the junction point between Romanesque and Gothic architecture. Designed by Benedetto Antelami, it was built between the 12th and 13th centuries. Its octagonal structure, made of pink marble, rises in height with four orders of loggias and architraved openings. Inside the Baptistery there is a large baptismal font right in the center. Also, visitors can admire the cycle of the months and seasons and their respective zodiac signs sculpted by Antelami.


complesso della pilotta

The monumental complex of the Pilotta is an impressive historic building located in the heart of Parma’s historic center. The name “Pilotta” comes from the Basque pelota game, practiced by Spanish soldiers in this area. The complex covers a large area and includes The Farnese Theater, the National Gallery of Parma, the National Archaeological Museum, the Palatina Library, and the Bodoniano Museum. To visit the monumental complex is to take an exciting journey into Parma’s past and culture.

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