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Experience the true meaning of “la dolce vita” in this historic and sophisticated Italian city, known for its fine local produce and serene religious buildings. 

Parma’s name is instantly recognizable as the birthplace of Parmesan, but there’s much more to this beautiful city than cheese. Parma is one of Italy’s most prosperous cities; its pristine streets and piazzas are flanked with historic buildings and fantastic restaurants. Savor meals that include the local cheese and ham, see some of Italy’s finest artwork and listen to classical music in gorgeous opera houses.

Many of Parma’s palaces and churches were built between the 16th and 18th centuries, when the powerful Farnese family ruled the city. Although Parma suffered significant damage during World War II, most of its Renaissance-period buildings remain remarkably well preserved.

Admire beautiful frescos painted by famous Italian Mannerist artist Girolamo Francesco Maria Mazzola, more commonly known as Parmigianino, at the 16th-century Basilica di Santa Maria della Steccata. See valuable treasures in the 12th-century Duomo, including the Assunzione della Vergine (Assumption of the Virgin) painting decorating the cathedral’s octagonal cupola. Take a break in the elegant gardens of Parco Ducale to find peaceful paths, tranquil fountains and well-landscaped lawns.

Discover more of Parma’s artistic masterpieces in Galleria Nazionale, a 16th-century palace that once belonged to the ruling Farnese family. Highlights include La Scapigliata by Leonardo da Vinci and Correggio’s Madonna della Scodella, which shows Joseph and the Virgin Mary looking lovingly at the infant Jesus.

It’s almost impossible to miss the Battistero (Baptistry), with its striking mix of Romanesque and Gothic architectural styles. Construction of the Battistero began in 1196. The building’s distinct white-and-pink marble bands symbolize the purity and blood of Christ. Take a look at the 13th-century frescoes found inside, which depict seasons and zodiac signs.

Don’t leave Parma without sampling some of the city’s unique and delicious cuisine. Some of Parma’s most famous specialties include Parma ham (prosciutto) and Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese. Try the two together as an antipasto, or sample the prosciutto-stuffed pastries displayed in the windows of local bakeries.

Parma is located 17.4 miles (28 kilometers) northwest of Reggio. It can be reached by train from Bologna, Piacenza, Modena and Milan.

Where to stay in Parma

Top hotels in Parma

Link124 Hotel
Link124 Hotel
4 out of 5
Via San Leonardo 124, Parma
The price is £71 per night from 5 Dec to 6 Dec

Situated near the airport, this hotel is 1.9 mi (3 km) from Teatro Regio di Parma and 2.1 mi (3.3 km) from University of Parma. Shrine of Santa Maria della Steccata ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (143 reviews)

"Clean spacious practical for travelers safe parking"…"

Reviewed on 12 Aug 2020

Link124 Hotel
Hotel City Parma
Hotel City Parma
4 out of 5
Strada Cornocchio 55, Parma, PR
The price is £65 per night from 2 Dec to 3 Dec

This family-friendly Parma hotel is located near the airport, within 3 mi (5 km) of Hospital of Parma, University of Parma and Fiere di Parma. Strada della Repubblica ...

4.4/5Excellent! (390 reviews)
Jewel of Parma

"Great hotel and very friendly staff. I would rate this hotel as one of the better hotels I have been to. Rooms were spacious and well laid out. Facilities described at the time if booking were very accurate and do meet or exceed the expectation. Only thing to note is the hotel is located next to ..."…"

Reviewed on 24 Jan 2020

Hotel City Parma
Starhotels Du Parc
Starhotels Du Parc
4 out of 5
Viale Piacenza 12/C, Parma, PR
The price is £67 per night from 20 Dec to 21 Dec

Located in Oltretorrente, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Ducale Park and University of Parma. Palazzo della Pilotta and Hospital of Parma are also within ...

4.2/5Excellent! (919 reviews)

"Great stay in a great hotel , good location and friendly staff"…"

Reviewed on 30 Sep 2020

Starhotels Du Parc
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Top Holiday Rentals in Parma

Lombardi Abbeveratoia
Lombardi Abbeveratoia
Via Abbeveratoia 39, Parma
The price is £43 per night from 11 Dec to 12 Dec

Located in Pablo, this apartment building is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from Hospital of Parma and 1.3 mi (2 km) from University of Parma. Ducale Park and Palazzo della ...

3.2/5 (6 reviews)

"Ce n’est pas un hôtel mais un appartement avec plusieurs chambres. Toilettes et Cuisine à partager. Pas de serviettes de bains à disposition!!! Très très pratique quand on part en court séjour... Pas d’internet. Pour enlever l‘odeur un peu fort dans la chambre, il y a des désodorisants de toilettes! ..."…"

Reviewed on 23 Dec 2019

Lombardi Abbeveratoia
Residence Liberty Hotel
Residence Liberty Hotel
3 out of 5
Piazzale Salvo D'Acquisto 15, Parma, PR
The price is £59 per night from 11 Dec to 12 Dec

Located in Parma City Centre, this residence is within a 15-minute walk of Cathedral of Parma and University of Parma. Bishop's Palace and Baptistery of Parma ...

3.8/5Good! (146 reviews)

"Good stay. We were not aware that the check in was elsewhere and that was inconvenient. Also, our room had a really strong smell of food when we arrived but to make a change we had to walk back to where the check in was done, so we stayed there. Location is good."…"

Reviewed on 4 Jan 2020

Residence Liberty Hotel
Palazzo Dalla Rosa Prati
Palazzo Dalla Rosa Prati
Strada al Duomo 7, Parma, PR
The price is £98 per night from 2 Dec to 3 Dec

This family-friendly Parma apartment building is located near the airport, within a 10-minute walk of Baptistery of Parma and University of Parma. Strada della ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (336 reviews)

"Great location and with the difference that the front of house service in the hotel is ahead of what you usually encounter in Italy."…"

Reviewed on 25 Oct 2020

Palazzo Dalla Rosa Prati
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Parma


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28 Jan 2020

Parma compared to other towns/cities is quite dirty and rundown. The best experience was the Parmegiano Reggiano and Prosciutto di Parma factory tours.

5/5 - Excellent

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13 Oct 2019

Beautiful city. Recommend seeing the Cathedral and the Baptiste

5/5 - Excellent

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8 Sep 2019

We went to Busseto by train to visit the Verdi museums, Casa Barezzi where his patron lived, and to see the controversial theatre created against Verdi's wishes in a former castle. A great day.

5/5 - Excellent


17 Jul 2019

Beautiful city with great food. 5 days maximum is probably enough to do everything.

4/5 - Good

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15 Jun 2019

We really enjoyed Parma. It had a great buzz and good restaurants. There wasn't a huge amount to explore in terms of culture/historical sites but brilliant place to experience authentic local food and drinking at reasonable prices. Good for a night.

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