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Let’s know Parma, in the Emilia-Romagna region?

Parma is mainly known for its ham and its traditional Parmesan cheese, but it goes far beyond gastronomy!


Let’s know Parma, in the Emilia-Romagna region?

Parma is one of the most important cities for the northern Italian economy. Almost entirely industrial, it goes beyond industry, Parma ham and parmesan. How about getting to know this beautiful city better? Let’s get to know Parma, in the Emilia-Romagna region? Here at  Your Travel to Italy with Ana Patricia you make the trip of your dreams !!! ALSO: see our  “Accommodation in Italy – Tips for your holidays!”

Our introduction

Parma was built in 1106 and is one of the cities most visited by tourists, mainly by lovers of the famous Parmigiano Reggiano and Prosciutto di Parma, but in addition to these two excellent reasons, the city has some very interesting tourist attractions. Find out all about Emilia-Romagna by clicking here!

1) Let’s know Parma, in the Emilia-Romagna region? – VISIT PALLAZZO DELLA PILOTA AND GALLERIA NAZIONALE

One of the most popular and well worth a visit is Palazzo della Pilota (Pilota Palace). Almost completely destroyed by World War II, the building was rebuilt and today houses points of great interest to visitors, such as the Galleria Nazionale (National Gallery), which houses an enviable collection of works of art.

2) Let’s know Parma, in the Emilia-Romagna region? -VISIT THE PALAZZO DUCALE, THE LIBRARY AND THE MUSEUM

Palazzo Ducale, which is the former Duke’s Palace. The Palatine Library with an impressive collection. The National Archaeological Museum, which brings together priceless pieces; Bodonian Museum in addition to the Academy of Fine Arts.

3) Let’s know Parma, in the Emilia-Romagna region? -VISIT THE FARNESE THEATER, THE PIAZZA DELLA PACE AND THE CATHEDRAL

The magnificent Farnese Theater deserves to be highlighted! The theater dates back to 1618, but was inaugurated in 1628. The theater was destroyed during World War II, but was rebuilt in 1956 and the wood used is the original. Leaving the Palazzo della Pilota complex is Piazza della Pace. This is where the fantastic historic center of Parma begins.

Go straight ahead and go to Piazza Giuseppe Garibaldi; in the middle of the square is the monument dedicated to the historic Italian character who names the place. There, in the same square, there is also Noi da Parma, one of the most traditional houses in the production of ham. We continue to Piazza Duomo where there are two important points: the Battistero di Parma and the Cathedral itself. Another interesting place is the Ducale Park, which houses a beautiful garden known as ‘il giardino’.

How to visit a Parmigiano Reggiano factory?

First, let’s make one thing very clear: cheeses called ‘parmesan’ outside Italy ARE NOT PARMIGIANOS REGGIANOS, they are versions. The traditional and authentic has been manufactured for hundreds of years only in Parma and follow VERY strict rules! Another important fact to remember is also to remember that Parmigiano Reggiano IS NOT A BRAND, it is a type of cheese and is considered the king of Italian cheeses.

And why is it so special?

Because it is a completely artisanal cheese. It is all handmade and starts with the distinguished feeding of the cows. Milk is essential to successfully making this cheese of the gods! Quality control is very strict and cheeses that are not approved are eliminated. Parmesan maturation can vary between 18, 24 and 30 months and an entire piece of this gastronomic wonder can cost up to 1,000 euros and weigh 30 kilos! To schedule a visit, access this website, which brings together all certified parmigiano producers. At the end of the visit, there is a tasting and several tips on how to consume the cheese.

How to visit a prosciutto di Parma factory?

The prosciutto di Parma is one of the most delicious in the world! The remarkable flavor is unmistakable and goes very well with bread, pasta and other dishes. It is another product with strict quality control and full of rules to be certified. To book a visit to one of the factories of the consortium responsible for the factories, access here!

Where to eat in Parma?

Some tips for tasting typical dishes such as Parmense, which is a pastry without a filling that is served with cold cuts and cheeses; the Anolini, which is a type of pasta served in the form of a soup filled with parmigiano, of course! It’s very tasty. Also try the Tortelli d’erbetta, which is a pasta filled with spinach and ricotta. To wash down, choose a Colli di Parma: either Malvasia or Rosso. Ah, if you can, try Violette candite, which are crystallized violet leaves; it’s interesting!

Trattoria Corrieri – Traditional Italian cantina with a very pleasant atmosphere is a great option for both lunch and dinner! The menu is very varied and prices are very good! Click here to learn more and book!


  • To buy items to pack, visit La Prosciuteria! It’s crazy with so many options!

How to get to Parma?

The best option is by train! The main cities in Italy like Modena, Bologna and Milan have trains that go directly to Parma Central Station.

Did you know that Trenitalia is the leading Italian company dedicated to the management of railway transport? Find out here “What is the difference between trains in Italy?”. Buy your ticket online in advance and save a lot, read the Post “How to buy a train ticket in Italy?”.

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Map with attractions in Parma in the Emilia-Romagna region

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