To visit Parma in one day you need the right advice: here are some ideas to savor the best of our city.
Are you in Parma for a day? Do you need a few useful tips?
Let’s start with the Parma City Tour, a guided tour with daily departure from the tourist office of Piazza Garibaldi, the heart of the city, which takes place in English and Italian and provides a two-hour walk with explanations of the main monuments and squares of the city and the entrance in two of the most representative places in Parma, the imposing Cathedral and the wonderful Baptistery.
The departure is scheduled (even last minute) every day from Monday to Sunday at 11 am, with a reply on Saturday afternoon at 3.30 pm: the appointment with your guide is at the IAT in Piazza Garibaldi where the visit will begin with explanations about the square and to the marvelous buildings that overlook it. The itinerary will continue touching the views and the most evocative places of the center, immersing yourself in the history and beauty of Parma listening to the wisdom and knowledge of the tourist guide that will accompany you. The focal point of the visit is the entrance into the most representative religious buildings of Parma that make Piazza Duomo one of the most beautiful Romanesque squares: the entrance to the Cathedral and the Baptistery will allow you to discover the masterpieces of two artists, Correggio and Antelami, who helped to make Parma a little gem.
The duration of the Parma City Tour is about two hours, but your day in Parma can continue with many other unforgettable experiences.
Do not forget, first of all, the gourmet side of our city: the Parma City Tour ends at around 1.00 pm, just in time for lunch! Now you just have to choose between one of the restaurants in the historic center of Parma City of Gastronomy and be pampered by the delights of the chefs and the food and wine excellences of our territory. With your stomach full your afternoon can continue in the name of art and culture.
Not to be missed is the visit to the Monumental Complex of the Pilotta Palace, a casket overlooking the torrent Parma and the Park Ducale that contains real treasures, which can be visited with a single ticket: the Farnese Theater, the National Gallery, the Archaeological Museum. A few steps from the Pilotta Palace, Renaissance art lovers can not miss a visit to the Chamber of the Abbess in the former Convent of San Paolo: a visit with the nose upward to admire the beautiful frescoes that decorate the vault of the room.
Moreover, from 16 March to 5 May, the Governor’s Palace in Piazza Garibaldi hosts an interesting photographic exhibition “Il Sorpasso. Quando l’Italia si mise a correre, 1946-1961” 160 works including shots, video installations and documentaries from the archives of the Centro Studi e Archivio della Comunicazione – CSAC of Parma and Istituto Luce Cinecittà that narrate Italy from the post-war period to the economic boom of the 1960s.
And before leaving, do not forget to bring some Parma with you! Admire the windows of the gastronomy and shops of Parma City of Gastronomy that winking attract you with their tasty proposals on display. Choose between Prosciutto di Parma, Parmigiano Reggiano, Salame Felino, Spalla Cotta di San Secondo, Culatello di Zibello, anolini or tortelli ready to cook, Vini dei Colli di Parma, candied violets and many other products that will leave you a languid memory of Parma. And if the weather is tight and you can not do everything, you just have to … come back!
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Choose a restaurant in the historic center for your lunch after the Parma City Tour:
Antica Osteria della Ghiaia
Hostaria da Beppe
Meet Hamburger Gourmet
Osteria dei Mascalzoni
Osteria Giuseppe Verdi
Ristorante Angiol d’Or
Ristorante La Filoma
Ristorante La Forchetta
Ristorante La Greppia
Admire the shops of Parma City of Gastronomy and bring some of Parma with you: