It was the capital of the Duchy of Parma and Piacenza for centuries and for this reason today it has the air of a small capital with a Central European flavor and must be enjoyed calmly. Famous in the world for its close connection to great classical music because it was the land of Giuseppe Verdi, it offers many cultural, musical and naturalistic opportunities.
If the time available is only half a day, we start from the suggestive Farnese Theater (admission fee) inside the large Palazzo della Pilotta. We continue with the amazing frescoes by Correggio inside the Cathedral. A few steps away is a masterpiece of Romanesque art: the Baptistery (admission fee), where Benedetto Antelami expressed himself at the highest artistic levels. Breathing the refined and peaceful atmosphere of the historic center, we finally reach the lively Piazza Garibaldi.
If you have a full day available then you can add the two magnificent museums of the Palazzo della Pilotta (admission fee), the works of Parmigianino in the church of Santa Maria della Steccata (open donation) and finally the Stanza di San Paolo with the Correggio frescoes (admission fee) located inside an ancient Benedictine monastery.
As an alternative to the historic center of Parma, you can spend half a day between Parmigiano Reggiano DOP production dairies and Prosciutto di Parma DOP production factories; or if you prefer to spend half a day in nearby Traversetolo, where the Magnani Rocca Foundation is located, one of the most important art collection in Italy, housed in a magnificent country villa.