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city of two gourmet super stars

Parma is one of the most beautiful cities of Italy. It is the world capital of art, music and gastronomy of excellence.
But to get straight to the point two most famous gastronomic superstars come from here: Parmigiano Reggiano and Prosciutto di Parma DOP. And Giuseppe Verdi, the greatest musician of all time, was born here.

This city exudes class, sophistication and elegance. All the senses are taken into consideration and your curiosity remains stimulated. Parma is so much to see, do and enjoy particularly.

Let's start with Il Palazzo Ducale, the palace of the beautiful and powerful Austrian empress Maria Luigia d'Asburgo when she arrived in 1816 she fell in love with this city and Italy and has never left Parma. Her palace with huge beautiful garden is now open to the public. There is also the magnificent medieval town square: la Piazza del Duomo (Cathedral Square). Il Duomo is one of the most important Romanesque cathedrals in Italy, the magnificent classical facade, the refined interior with the magnificent dome lined with frescoes by Correggio, which exudes an almost mysterious light.
On the same square stands the Baptistery, Il Battistero, created by the most brilliant sculptor and architect of the Middle Ages, Benedetto Antelami. It is an original octagonal Romanesque building, in Gothic style.
But there is still more, il Palazzo della Pilotta, the National Gallery, one of the most important Italian art galleries with important works by Leonardo da Vinci, Fra Angelico, Correggio, Tintoretto, Giulio Romano. The palace also houses the famous Teatro Farnese, made one of the most charming historic theaters in the world, entirely of wood.

But what is Parma without music, which is like pasta without sauce, the greatest musician of all time, Giuseppe Verdi was born here, Teatro Regio, great opera, but Arturo Toscanini and Niccolò Paganini, two other important persons from Parma. Last but not least, the Casa della Musica, the Renaissance Palazzo Cusani, the first museum of Italian music and the center of studies and documentation. And not to mention the many castles Parma realm include: Castello di Bardi, Castello di Pellegrino Parmense, Castello di Roccabianca, Castello di Sala Baganza, Castello di San Secondo, Castello di Soragna, Castello di Torrechiara, and of course, the best we save the last: Reggia di Colorno just outside of Parma (about 10 km), a beautiful palace in the French style with angular towers, this was the summer residence of the Dukes of Parma and is well worth a visit.