Top things to do

Top Choice Christian Site in Parma

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, an…
Top Choice Cathedral in Parma

Duomo

Another daring Romanesque beauty? Well, yes and no. Consecrated in 1106, Parma cathedral's facade is classic Lombard-Romanesque, but inside, the gilded pulpit and ornate lamp-holders scream baroque. Take note: there…
Top Choice Emilian 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 Daniele C…
Top Choice Gallery in Parma

Galleria Nazionale

The Galleria Nazionale displays Parma’s main art collection. Alongside works by local artists Correggio and Parmigianino, you’ll find paintings by Fra Angelico, Canaletto and sometimes El Greco. Before you get to th…
Top Choice Craft Beer in Parma

Bastian Contrario

Owner Marco has done up this cosy neighbourhood bar with a nine-tap distribution system made from a recycled farming irrigation piping, with tap handles hand-carved by his father – a retired doctor who surely must h…
Top Choice Bar 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 vintages …
Sandwiches in Parma

Pepèn

Join the throngs of locals pouring into this buzzing little sandwich shop, where panini get piled high with prosciutto di Parma, cheeses and countless other tasty ingredients. After seven decades, it's a dearly belo…
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 wa…
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 flavors. The…
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 reggia…