Parma: a little jewel, crossed by the famous Mille Miglia race

A vital town rich in history, art and culture, Parma has been shaped along the centuries by great painters and architects the likes of Antelami and Correggio. 

Antelami’s pink marble Baptistery and Correggio’s illusionistic frescoes, decorating the Cathedral, the Chamber of St Paul and St John the Evangelist, are actually the trademarks of the town together with Parmigianino’s masterpieces in the Church of St Mary of Steccata.

In the province of Parma there is the largest labyrinth in the world and some of the most beautiful medieval castles. The Parma Cathedral, boasting 900 years of age, it is a sacred place of art and history. The Roman bas-reliefs of Antelami and the grandiose frescos of Allegri emanate devotion.

Once you have visited the Duomo, which is the very expression of art, you will move closer to the most sacred treasure of Parma.  Designed by Antelami and decorated in pink Verona marble, the Baptistery of Parma is the architectural symbol of the passage from the Roman style to the Gothic style. The walls of this octagonal tower are decorated with frescoes and bas-reliefs.

The paved Piazza Garibaldi is the main artery of the historic center of Parma. It is also considered the most beautiful square. The Palazzo del Comune is located on this square, and on the north side is the Palazzo del Governatore. It is rarely open to tourists, and a visit is possible only during fairs.The neoclassical style of Teatro Regio attracts many tourists.

Its appearance is thanks to the Countess Maria Luisa, wife of Napoleon, who initiated its construction in 1820 and closely followed the works of decoration.  Parma is among the cities crossed by the famous race Mille Miglia, one of the most charming of the world.

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