Other hits in Parma

Do you want something different from the “classic tour” itinerary?

Or, even better, you spent a night in Parma and have some extra time for your visit… Well, you will not regret it: there are so many things you can see and enjoy!

Piazza Giuseppe Garibaldi

Garibaldi Square

The Palazzo della Pilotta hosts also the renowned National Archaeological Museum, the Palatina Library and the Bodoni Museum (dedicated to the “Prince of Typographers”).

Within a stone’s throw, we can also admire the famous Teatro Regio (the Royal Theatre) and the Glauco Lombardi Museum: if you are intrigued by the figure of Duchess Marie Louise of Austria (or “Maria Luigia”, as Parma people still call her), you can’t miss it!

The Glauco Lombardi Museum

The Glauco Lombardi Museum

Moreover, the ex-Convent of St. Paul also hosts the Pinacoteca Stuard (the Stuard Gallery) with the ancient Sacello di San Paolo (the Votive Chapel of St. Paul) and the Castello dei Burattini (a puppet theatre which holds the Giordano Ferrari’s collection: a real treat!).

A short distance away, we can find the imposing Palazzo Cusani, where the Casa della Musica (the House of Music) and the Museo dell’Opera (the Opera Museum) are located. A whole section features the great composer Giuseppe Verdi.

The Casa della Musica

The Casa della Musica

Just opposite the House of Music, there is the Casa del Suono (the House of Sound). If you love Opera and music in general, well, I’m sure you will enjoy your visit!

Walking back towards Pilotta and passing under its huge vaults, we’ll cross Ponte Verdi (Verdi Bridge) and get to Parco Ducale (the Ducal Park): a wonderful historical garden, ideal for a stroll and a rest in a peaceful setting under ancient trees. Here we can admire and visit the Ducal Palace and Palazzetto Eucherio Sanvitale. Having crossed the bridge, we have now reached that area of Parma called Oltretorrente, the working-class neighbourhood where Arturo Toscanini was born and where we can still visit his birthplace, now a museum. The Oltretorrente has so many attracting monuments, beautiful and imposing churches, many of which were built in the Farnese era – such as the Annunziata - or date from the Middle Ages, such as Santa Croce.

There are so many places to see and visit! And, you know what? I haven’t spent a word about Parma’s sorroundings yet (you can find some nice hints in Special tours or Parma, a Taste for Life)!

We have plenty of alternative top-quality ”ingredients” to create your own itinerary (opening hours and closing days permitting, of course!).

This is one more good-enough reason… to stay on in Parma province for a little longer!

Do contact me for a tailor-made tour!