The Duomo of Parma is an imposing Romanesque cathedral which was completed in the 12th century. The dome is particularly interesting because of its rich decorations by the Renaissance painter Antonio da Correggio representing the Virgin’s Assumption. The belfry is Gothic and was added in a second stage, between 1284 and 1294. originally there were meant to be two belfries but the second one was never even begun. The... continue
The Battistero (Baptistry in English) is a wonderful octagonal construction made of pink marble right in the middle of the city. Construction began in 1196 and the architect was a man named Benedetto Antelami - a true genious. The beauty, however, is not only outisde but also - and mostly - inside. The frescos with which the walls are docorated are amazing: plenty of real and imaginary animals of all sorts and the... continue
The Antica Spezieria di San Giovanni is an old spice shop that used to belong to the San Giovanni complex. No one knows exactly when it was founded, but we know that in 1201 it was already in existence. It was in operation until 1766, then the monks gave it up.
There are three rooms inside the old shop: the sala del fuoco (fire room), the sala dei Mortai (mortars room) and the sala delle sirene (mermaids room). To... continue
The Farnese theatre is a stunning wooden theatre built by Giovanni Battista Aleotti between 1616 and 1618. It is housed in the southern wind of the Palazzo della Pilotta. The theatre replaced the sala d’armi (weaponry room) and was built for a purpose.. or better for a man. This man was Cosimo II de' Medici, who was meant o stop in Parma on his pilgrimage to the tomb of San Carlo Borromeo. The duke Ranuccio I... continue
The Ducal Palace, which can be found inside the Parco Ducale, was built by Ottavio Farnese in 1561 and has many points of interests which make it worth visiting inside.On the ground floor you can see a collection of works of art by Cesare Baglioni dating back to the beginning of 1600's. As you walk up the staircase you come to the Sala degli uccelli (bird's room) where you can see frescos and stuccos of 224... continue