Why Visit Parma:
Parts of Parma, including the historic center, have traffic restrictions but there are pay parking lots nearby. There are also free parking lots outside the city, connected to Parma by a shuttle bus. Parma is served by a good network of public buses, both in the city and to outlying areas.
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Parma Attractions - What to See in Parma:
- Parma's Cathedral is a great example of Romanesque architecture. The Cathedral was completed in the 12th century and has an octagonal dome unusual for that time period. Lions guard the porch and the bell tower is topped by a gilt copper angel. The inside is heavily decorated with beautiful frescoes. See Duomo Photos on Europe Travel.
- The Baptistery, dating from the 12th century, is built of pink marble in an octagonal shape. Constuction began in 1196 and was completed in 1307. The low part is decorated wtih bas-relief sculptures and the doors are all elaborately decorated. Inside are sculptures depicting the months, seasons, and Zodiac signs.
- The Diocesan Museum displays items from the Middle Ages.
- The Stuard Gallery, housed in an old Monastery, has art work from the 14th to 20th centuries.
- You'll see many people in the huge Piazza della Pace, peace square, in front of the Palazzo della Pilotta housing the Farnese Theater.
- The Palazzo del Govenatore, Governor's Palace, in Piazza Garibaldi, has a beautiful facade that dates from 1760. The bell tower has a fascinating astronomical clock.
- The Ducal Park, dating to the 16th century, is a nice place for a stroll and a visit to the Ducal Palace with its outstanding frescoes.
- Parma has a number of cultural events including theater, music, and opera.