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Another city-load of art

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).

A little bit of history

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.

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  • Pros:Excellent food, incredible art, pleasant streets
  • In a nutshell:John Grisham, thanks for the publicity!
  • Last visit to Parma: Jun 2010
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Apr 14, 2011 at 7:24 AM

    Hello, Adrienne! Thanks for your wonderful description that made me want to travel there...

  • Manara's Profile Photo
    Dec 17, 2010 at 10:34 AM

    Pity you did not know about the Mondays! But it seems you had a full day anyway, and were able to build a very interesting page.

  • alza's Profile Photo
    Nov 13, 2010 at 3:15 PM

    Not surprised that you ate so well in Parma, though I never ate there myself. I just know the region and its cuisine... excellent. Nice to read this. :)

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Nov 13, 2010 at 2:34 PM

    Glad they to hear they have bicycles for rent in the city center. I went from Cremona to Busseto by bicycle, and then all around Busseto and vicinity to see the Verdi sites.

  • Henrik_rrb's Profile Photo
    Nov 1, 2010 at 5:52 PM

    Great Parma tips! It's really a fantastic city, and specially the city center. Perfect for a walk! I'm happy you seem to have enjoyed your visit too! /Henrik

  • glo39's Profile Photo
    Jul 24, 2010 at 9:08 PM

    Ciao Adrienne. Didn't you just love Emilia-Romagna? My grandparents emmigrated from the Parma region. I hope you enjoyed it there. Gail


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