Top ChoiceChristian Site in Parma

Battistero

Battistero

Overshadowing even the cathedral, the octagonal pink-marble baptistery on the south side of the piazza is one of the most important such structures in Italy. Its architecture is a hybrid of Romanesque and Gothic,...

Top ChoicePark in Parma

Labirinto della Masone

The opening of the world's largest maze in 2015 fulfilled a lifetime dream of art publisher Franco Maria Ricci, who once published what many considered to be the most beautiful art magazine in the world, FMR....

Top ChoiceEmilian in Parma

Ristorante Cocchi

You'll need to venture across the river to Oltretorrente for a traditional Parmigiano experience untainted by the city's influx of culinary tourism. Classy yet unpretentious, father and son duo Corrado and...

Top ChoiceCraft Beer in Parma

Bastian Contrario

Owner Marco has done up this cosy neighbourhood bar, fashioning a draught distribution system made from recycled farming irrigation piping, with tap handles hand-carved by his father – a retired doctor who surely...

Top ChoiceGallery in Parma

Galleria Nazionale

The Galleria Nazionale displays Parma’s main art collection in dark and ambiently affective environs. Alongside works by local artists Correggio and Parmigianino, you’ll find paintings by Fra Angelico, Canaletto...

Top ChoiceCathedral in Parma

Duomo

Duomo

Another daring Romanesque beauty? Well, yes and no. Consecrated in 1106, Parma has a classic Lombard-Romanesque facade, but inside, the gilded pulpit and ornate lamp-holders scream baroque. Take note: there are...

Top ChoiceBar in Parma

Tabarro

In the heart of Parma's animated Strada Farini drinking scene is this classy but friendly wine bar run by a personable ex-rugby player. In warm weather, aficionados crowd the street out front, sipping fine...

Top ChoiceItalian in Parma

Borgo 20

A father-son team has taken over from a formerly starred Michelin chef at this wonderful contemporary bistro in the city centre, but the concept – and, more importantly, the food – hasn't skipped a beat....

Castle in Parma

Castello di Torrechiara

Magnifico Pier Maria Rossi's impressive Torrechiara Castle is one of the most important examples of Italian castle architecture and is considered one of Emilia-Romagna's most storybook fortresses. Built between...

Museum in Parma

Palazzo della Pilotta

Looming over the manicured lawns and modern fountains of Piazza della Pace, this monumental palace is hard to miss. Supposedly named after the Spanish ball game of pelota that was once played within its walls, it...

Gelato in Parma

Ciacco Lab

This experimental farm-to-table gelataria wants nothing to do with additives, preservatives, hydrogenated vegetable oils, added fats or starches, and works directly with Emilian producers to concoct ace flavours....

Gastronomy in Parma

La Greppia

La Greppia is hallowed ground for the kind of Emilia-Romagna gourmands who know their ragù from their bolognese. Sticking tradition and modernity in the same blender, the Pugliese chef has come up with...

Food in Parma

Salumeria Garibaldi

Tempting new visitors just steps from the train station is this bountiful delicatessen dating to 1829, with dangling sausages, shelves of Lambrusco wines, slabs of Parma ham and wheel upon wheel of parmigiano...

Food in Parma

La Prosciutteria

An arsenal of strung-up Parma ham hangs above the counter at Silvano Romani's temple of swine, one of Parma's absolute best for cured meats: prosciutto, culatello, salami and strolghino, among others. Also offers...

Piazza in Parma

Piazza del Duomo

Flanked by a harmonious trio of buildings – the duomo, campanile and baptistry – Parma's cathedral square is one of the city's most elegant public spaces.

Sandwiches in Parma

Pepèn

Prepare to battle the throngs of locals that crowd into this buzzing little sandwich shop, where panini get piled high with prosciutto di Parma, cheeses and countless other tasty ingredients. After seven decades,...

Museum in Parma

Ape Parma Museu

This 2018 addition to Parma's cultural landscape houses the relocated works of Amedeo Bocchi, a 20th-century Parma-born artist whose painting owes a debt to the symbolism of Gustav Klimt. Exhibitions are curated...

Bridge in Parma

Ponte Romano Spazio Aemilia

Parma's Roman Bridge originally dates to 187 BC and re-opened to the public after extensive renovations in 2018. Two of the bridge's 11 arches are now restored and visible as part of a university-driven...

Pizza in Parma

Oven

Parma's best pizzeria is this hip hotspot in Oltretorrente started by young upstarts from Campania. It's all about authentic pizza napoletana and trendy cocktails like pink pepper negronis. Stars here include...

Museum in Parma

Pinacoteca Stuard

Giuseppe Stuard was a 19th-century Parmese art collector who amassed 600 years worth of epoch-defining art linking the Tuscan masters of the 1300s to 1950s modern art. In 2002 the collection was moved into a wing...