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Here's the thing about virtually everyplace you go in Italy: there's art. No just random crappy oils, sculpture, frescoes, mosaics...but fabulous stuff, the kind of thing that if one single piece were in a church somewhere in the USA, people would come from all over just to see it. The Italians seem pretty blase about this cultural feast, but it is overwhelming to someone whose idea of "old" is 100 years.
Composer Giuseppe Verdi was born in the small village of Roncole near Parma and a music festival is celebrated in his honor every year. The small airport of Parma is named after him. Other famous artists born in Parma or known to have worked there include Benedetto Antelami, Correggio, Parmigianino, Bodoni, Salimbene, and Toscanini (whose house is a good place to visit).
Parma was founded by the Etruscans and transformed into a Roman colony in 183 BC. Its importance was derived mainly from its location along one of the important Roman roads. Although it quickly gained a fair measure of prosperity, the city was conquered and destroyed repeatedly. In peaceful times, Parma built up its castles, inns and hospitals as more and more travellers stopped by on the road that linked northern Europe with Rome.
- Pros:Excellent food, incredible art, pleasant streets
- In a nutshell:John Grisham, thanks for the publicity!
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