One day

If you have a full day (about 6 hours’ visit, plus the lunch break), we could enjoy a more in-depth tour of Cathedral and Baptistery, including a visit to the Museo Diocesano (Diocesan Museum), highlighting amazing archeological finds closely related to both monuments.

The Cathedral Square and the awesome Baptistry

The Cathedral Square and the awesome Baptistry

Then, we will move on to the Camera della Badessa (the Abbess’s Apartments) in the ex-convent of St. Paul, where we’ll admire talent of Alessandro Araldi and the sheer genius of Correggio.

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Correggio’s frescoes in the ex-convent of St. Paul

 

The Church and Monastery of San Giovanni Evangelista (St. John the Evangelist) are worth a visit, too (opening hours and closing days permitting!). The monks’ historical Spezieria (Apothecary’s shop) opens only in the morning.
After that, we will take a stroll as far as Garibaldi Square, “civic” heart of the city.

Afterwards, we can visit the splendid Madonna della Steccata Church, a real masterpiece of Renaissance art in Parma, where we will admire, above all, the six Virgins by Parmigianino.

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Steccata – The three “wise Virgins” by Parmigianino

 

Then, we will move on to Piazzale della Pace (Peace Square) dominated by the “odd” and austere building of the Palazzo della Pilotta (“Pelota” Palace) and get to Teatro Farnese  (Farnese Theatre), the most extraordinary entrance to a museum in the world – the museum is in fact the beautiful Galleria Nazionale (the National Gallery). By the way… it would be a pity not to pay at least a flying visit to the Gallery, too!

The Farnese Theatre

The Farnese Theatre