30 hours in... Parma

Here's the new chapter of the it-ER monthly column to discover the Emilia-Romagna region! 


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Parma is a city that promises a stay filled with culture, art, history, and an extraordinary cuisine. We provide you with an itinerary to make the most of your trip.





You can start the day at a local café and savor an espresso with a freshly baked cornetto. Begin your morning with a traditional Italian breakfast. 

Once you're satisfied, you can visit the Duomo di Parma (the Parma Cathedral). This gem is characterized by its Romanesque architecture houses, breathtaking frescoes, and an exquisitely detailed facade.


To continue your journey, in the vicinity of the cathedral, you'll find the Baptistry of Parma. Delight in its artistic octagonal design and its decorated interior, which attest to the city's beauty.


Parma, Emilia-Romagna

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When lunchtime arrives, you can opt for a quiet and traditional spot. Traditional trattorias are always an excellent choice for those who want to explore local flavors like the world-famous prosciutto di Parma or tortelli di zucca (pasta filled with pumpkin).

In line with Parma's artistic heritage, in the afternoon, you can visit the Glauco Lombardi Museum, which exhibits works by talented painters such as Correggio and Parmigianino.

You can also enjoy the sunset with a stroll through the beautiful Parco Ducale. The park is a space of tranquility and serenity that contrasts with the city's hustle and bustle.


As the aperitif hour approaches, you can enjoy this Italian tradition at a bar in the area. Regional wines are always a good choice to accompany the appetizers. Furthermore, you can extend this moment into dinner, where authentic regional cuisine takes center stage.


Prosciutto di Parma

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After a delicious breakfast at a local bakery or café, you can head to the Palazzo della Pilotta, a remarkable complex of palaces where you'll find museums and galleries. This complex of buildings contains, among others, the National Gallery with its impressive paintings and sculptures and the Farnese Theater, built entirely of wood. 


Parma, Emilia-Romagna

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You can have lunch at one of the many historic restaurants to recharge for a short journey to a guided tour of a local Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese factory. Immerse yourself in the characteristic flavors and scents of authentic Parmesan cheese production.



Parmigiano Reggiano

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Upon returning to the city, you can end your stay with an evening stroll through the captivating streets of Parma illuminated by its warm lanterns.


With 30 hours in Parma, you can discover its beauty and charms, as well as its cultural and artistic heritage. With this itinerary, you can make the most of your trip!

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