Things to do in Parma

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  • Jean-Paul B
    Loule, Portugal86 contributions
    Due to the Covid, the theater was almost empty. This theater is very impressive by its size and the tremendous seating area all in wood. A visit is a must.
    Written 12 November 2020
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  • Brendan M
    Guelph, Canada6 contributions
    Wow what an amazing experience from walking across the roof of this amazing architecture which they call the terrace to making your way through the interior audio assisted. It is hard to fathom the time lines and the beauty.
    Written 8 May 2022
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  • david B
    Tring, UK81 contributions
    Certainly worth a visit. Something a bit out of the ordinary. Since the cathedral itself is free entry the price is not too bad. Some reviews criticise the fact that the admission is a package for the museum and the Battistero but the museum provides the background and explanation for the site itself - plus some other interesting bits. Treat them as a whole rather than two sites. Shame the staff in the baptistery seem so uninterested in the building they are hosting. The lady at the museum was rather more welcoming.
    Written 1 April 2022
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  • Evi
    Wassenaar, The Netherlands507 contributions
    This former palace houses several museums and although the building was being renovated during our visit, we were able to see the most part of its beautiful collection. There were unexpected gems to admire and we definitely recommend a visit!
    Written 19 July 2020
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  • Whitefish8
    London104 contributions
    We were on a brief (too brief) tour of Emilia Romagna. We love going to national museums and this is a lovely spot with very few tourists due to COvid 19. Unfortunately due to C19 many galleries were shut and we were disappointed not to get to see the beautiful Leonardo 'Scapilata'. However I got chatting to a curator/gallery assistant and she showed me the image on her PC and we had a lovely chat. She was super friendly and welcoming. Next time I am here I will definitely come back.
    Worth a visit!!
    Written 4 August 2020
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  • J J
    8 contributions
    Great tour in English and Italian, well organized and led by one of the local owners/farmers. There is a tasting at the end. 15 minutes from Old Parma.
    Written 2 May 2022
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  • Nataliia G
    Moscow, Russia521 contributions
    This Church in honor of our lady was built in 1521 -1539 in imitation of St. Peter's Cathedral in Rome. It was painted by Parmigianino (1530-1540), a famous portrait painter and engraver. There is also the tomb of the Dukes of the house of Farnese and the Bourbons.
    Written 22 January 2020
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  • Mairwen1
    United Kingdom6 324 contributions
    We planned an easy day trip to Parma from Bologna (under an hour by train). The park is not a must-see like the Cathedral or Baptistery but we enjoyed strolling through it and if you are doing a full day trip, I'd recommend including it in the itinerary.
    It’s easy to get to & entry is free. From the Pilotta Palace, cross the river and you’ll see the big black iron entrance gates in front of you.
    The paths are wide, flat and even - easy for pushchairs and a very good space for small children to run around in.

    Features include:
    • A man-made lake with a small island in the middle and a mystery sculpture the Fontana del Trianon, made more mysterious by the fact that it is overgrown and partially hidden. Very picturesque.
    • Turtles and fish – the lake is absolutely teeming with them. Some of the fish were the size of my arm and actually leap out of the water
    • The Duke’s Palace - a pretty creamy coloured palazzo which was once home to Napoleon’s second wife, Marie Louise who left her home of Vienna to marry him when she was just 18. The only downside is that you can’t go inside because it is now used as offices and apartments for the Carabinieri but you can wander right up to it.
    • Long avenues of shady trees, which were first planted in the mid 1500s and are very pleasant in heat of summer
    Written 1 January 2020
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  • ginsengNewYork
    new york1 168 contributions
    Beautifully frescoed ceilings and walls. Serene cloisters. Located a stone throw away from the Cathedral
    Written 13 September 2021
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  • aa27
    Lausanne, Switzerland547 contributions
    Definitely worth the visit. Looks like you can get the ticket also with a visa card (still 1 ticket at the time). No pictures allowed inside (why seemed OK in the cathedral and in the baptistere). An other room full of nice frescos of a less known painter, different style, is also included in the visit. Only 15 minutes visit allowed (but they seemed more relaxed as there were less people on Friday afternoon).
    Written 15 February 2020
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  • Michael B
    Bellflower, CA21 754 contributions
    The Theater Royal is built on land originally donated by Queen Cunegonde, widow of the late Italian King Bernard as a female monastery (nunnery) in 835. The French Revolution dissolved the monastery in 1810, the building was given to the Royal Theater of Parma. Unfortunately, when we visited only the lobby was available for public viewing, so we did not get to see the red velvet decorated circular seating, gold trim individual box seats or the ornately decoration walls and ceiling. Today, the company stages four operas from mid-January to April and in October is an annual Verdi Festival.
    TIP: Do plan in advance and see a production, we are so sorry to not have done this
    Written 9 September 2019
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  • cordyroy
    Mobile, AL2 329 contributions
    This fantastic museum is full of wonderful puppets. Beautiful displays. The videos are great too. Sometimes you can forget that they are puppets.
    Well worth an hour or so.
    Written 26 November 2019
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  • 545medva
    Budapest, Hungary3 972 contributions
    There is nothing remained form the citadel, but you can walk around, if you have want to make gymnastics theres is an outdoor place for it.
    Written 5 November 2017
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  • DB & JA
    Silver Spring, MD19 contributions
    Great little museum in Toscanini's birthplace where we were able to learn more about his personal history as well as how his life interacted with the history of his times. It was a special treat that the docent gave us a guided tour and had an incredible amount of information and interesting anecdotes to share. Definitely recommend it, not just for music lovers but for anyone interested in history, and also as a change of pace from the more traditional tourist sites. Also - admission is free!
    Written 9 July 2020
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  • ES12
    Reading, UK538 contributions
    The museum is located in a former Benedictine monastery which makes parts of the building very interesting. The collection of paintings was built up by Guiseppe Stuard, who was able to spend some of the wealth built up by this Parmesan family on his collection. The collection was given to the congregation of Santo Filippo Neri on his death. His collection included Tuscan, Emilian, Bolognese, Venetian and Flemish paintings. It is one of those museums where you can get away from the crowds. Certainly worth visiting, some beautiful paintings.
    Written 27 November 2017
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