Top 10 Things to do in Parma, Province of Parma

Best known for its incredibly edible contributions to world gastronomy (especially parmigiano cheese and Parma ham), Parma has also been revered by opera lovers (who flock to its Teatro Regio) since the days of Verdi, who was born in nearby Roncole. Parma’s many historic sights include the 11th-century cathedral and its baptistry. Begun in the 12th century, it's considered one of medieval Europe’s most important buildings for its straddling of the Romanesque and Gothic architecture periods.

1. Teatro Farnese

Palazzo Della Pilotta, 43121, Parma, Italy Sights & Landmarks, Concerts & Shows, Theaters, Architectural Buildings More
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5 based on 2020 reviews

Teatro Farnese

Splendida ricostruzione di teatro farnesiano nel palazzo della pilotta

Reviewed By JohnRegoPark - Rego Park, New YorkRego Park, New York

A Show Stopper

This place will make you gasp. It is a magnificent 17th Century theatre--that was barely used--made of carved wood. It gives you a genuine feeling for how the performing arts were done many years ago. The ticket for entry also is good for the Archaeologic

2. Cattedrale di Parma

P.zza Duomo, 43100, Parma, Italy Sights & Landmarks, Sacred & Religious Sites
Excellent
70%
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26%
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4.5 based on 2254 reviews

Cattedrale di Parma

Reviewed By Nicholas H - London, United KingdomLondon, United Kingdom

Glorious interior

The exterior of this Cathedral is relatively plain by comparison with the pink marble of the Baptistry next door, but once inside you find a much more opulent design, with frescoes covering the upper walls and the magnificent ceiling and a wonderfully orn

3. Battistero di Parma

Piazza Duomo 7/a, 43121, Parma, Italy Sights & Landmarks, Sacred & Religious Sites
Excellent
67%
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4.5 based on 1711 reviews

Battistero di Parma

Reviewed By Ramadama - New Providence, New JerseyNew Providence, New Jersey

Amazing

This baptistry is still in use today. The outside is made of beautiful pink marble but when you enter it you will see the real beauty. The walls are covered with beautiful frescoes. There are so many wonderful details. We had a guide that gave a mini lect

4. Caseificio San Pier Damiani

Strada Gazzano 35/A, 43122, Parma, Italy Sights & Landmarks, Farms
Excellent
85%
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5 based on 133 reviews

Caseificio San Pier Damiani

Cheese factory producing handcrafted Parmesan cheese since 1965. Opportunity to visit the factory and to attend at milk transformation from the curd to the round of Parmesan cheese. Tasting point.

Reviewed By Martin H - Melbourne, Florida, United StatesMelbourne, Florida, United States

Enlightening and Educating

We never knew that the gigantically successful Parmigiano Reggiano cheese was effectively and efficiently made by hand by farmers. It was with overwhelming awe and delight that we witnessed two hours of labor by three people at the S. Pier Damiani dairy.

5. Palazzo della Pilotta

Piazzale della Pilotta, Parma, Italy Sights & Landmarks, Historic Sites
Excellent
50%
Good
35%
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4 based on 514 reviews

Palazzo della Pilotta

Reviewed By Noraatc - Sudbury, MassachusettsSudbury, Massachusetts

Three in one!

Palazzo della Pilotta is a home to the National Gallery of Parma, the Archeological Museum and Teatro Farnese - three treasures in one building. I wrote separate reviews for them. The 1583 building looks very austere and almost scary from the outside, but

Piazza della Pace | Via della Pilotta 5, Parma, Italy Museums, History Museums, Art Museums
Excellent
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4 based on 472 reviews

National Gallery (Galleria Nazionale)

Reviewed By Noraatc - Sudbury, MassachusettsSudbury, Massachusetts

Correggio, Parmigianino and... Leonardo!

The last stop on our day trip to beautiful Parma was Palazzo della Pilotta, home to the Parma Galleria Nazionale, the Archeological Museum and Teatro Farnese (one ticket for all three of them is 10€). Baroque style Teatro Farnese, is an absolute must visi

7. Basilica di Santa Maria della Steccata(Madonna della Steccata)

Strada Giuseppe Garibaldi, 43121, Parma, Italy Sights & Landmarks, Sacred & Religious Sites
Excellent
44%
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4.5 based on 436 reviews

Basilica di Santa Maria della Steccata(Madonna della Steccata)

Reviewed By Noraatc - Sudbury, MassachusettsSudbury, Massachusetts

Was closed on April 25th

Unfortunately, the Basilica was closed on April 25th, which was a disappointment because I wanted to see the tombs of the Dukes of Parma in the crypt and the exquisite interior. The 16th century exterior is pretty very impressive and I am happy we have se

8. Camera di San Paolo

Strada Giuseppe Garibaldi, 43121, Parma, Italy Sights & Landmarks, Sacred & Religious Sites
Excellent
62%
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4.5 based on 428 reviews

Camera di San Paolo

Reviewed By Aldo P - Rome, ItalyRome, Italy

Don't miss it!

I wish they hadn't changed the opening hours on me without any previous notice. But the rooms are not to be missed.

9. Teatro Regio

Strada Giuseppe Garibaldi 16a, 43121, Parma, Italy Concerts & Shows, Theaters
Excellent
62%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 346 reviews

Teatro Regio

Reviewed By jrbevans11 - Denver, ColoradoDenver, Colorado

Beautiful

Gorgeous opera house - we went to hear Verdi's Requiem amazing piece but the sound in the opera house so wonderful. If you get the chance to go for a performance I really recommend it and if Daniele Callegari is the Maestro then you will have a totally am

10. Monastero di San Giovanni Evangelista

Piazzale San Giovanni 1, 43121, Parma, Italy Sights & Landmarks, Sacred & Religious Sites, Churches & Cathedrals
Excellent
48%
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9%
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4.5 based on 232 reviews

Monastero di San Giovanni Evangelista

Reviewed By Noraatc - Sudbury, MassachusettsSudbury, Massachusetts

Magnificent Baroque facade

The Monastero di San Giovanni Evangelista is one of the true gems of Parma which is located a stone throw away from the Duomo. Magnificent Baroque facade with seven statues is gorgeous. And the Renaissance interior is equally impressive: the three naves,

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