Parma

We left Bologna this morning and headed to Parma for a two-night stay. Once checked into our hotel, we walked to the historic old town for a look around.

Our route to Parma
Our route to Parma

Before we went to see any of the attractions, we needed to et some lunch, so we found an outdoor cafe. As we were in Parma, I wanted to sample the food it is famous for: prosciutto di Parma (Parma ham) and parmigiano reggiano (Parmesan cheese). I had a tasty plate of both, along with a glass of chianti.

Prosciutto di Parma and parmigiano regiiano
Prosciutto di Parma and parmigiano reggiano

After lunch we walked to the Parma Cathedral and the adjacent Baptistry. We bought a couple of tickets that provide entry to the Baptistry, the Diocesan Museum, the Stuard Gallery and the Ducal Palace, for a combined price of 8 euros. As we bought the tickets at the Diocesan Museum, we had a quick look in there first. Not a lot of interest for us, to be honest, so we weren’t in there for long.

One of the highlights of the Diocesan Museum - old statues of Solomon and the Queen of Sheba
One of the highlights of the Diocesan Museum – old statues of Solomon and the Queen of Sheba

Next up was the Baptistry, an octagonal building of pink marble that dates back to 1196 (completed in 1270). It is said to be one of the most important medieval buildings in Europe.

The Parma Baptistry
The Parma Baptistry
The main baptismal font inside the Baptistry
The main baptismal font inside the Baptistry
The smaller baptismal font in the Baptistry
The smaller baptismal font in the Baptistry
Interior of the Baptistry
Interior of the Baptistry
The ceiling of the Baptistry
The ceiling of the Baptistry

After the Baptistry, we checked out the Cathedral where admission is free.

The front of the Parma Cathedral
The front of the Parma Cathedral (the tower is under renovation)
Inside the cathedral
Inside the cathedral
A ceiling inside the cathedral
A ceiling inside the cathedral
Another ceiling
Another ceiling
Bev checks out the confessional and finds a 'reserved' sign!
Take a ticket! – Bev checks out the confessional

As we walked along Garibaldi Street, I saw this interesting monument to the partisan resistance fighters who liberated Parma from the Germans in World War II.

Monument to partisan resistance fighters
Monument to partisan resistance fighters
Partisan fighter with hands tied behind his back
Partisan fighter with hands tied behind his back

Further along Garibaldi Street we found a great little shop that sells hams, salami and cheeses (including parmigiano that has been aged for four years).

Parma hams
Parma hams
Whole wheels of parmesan cheese
Whole wheels of parmesan cheese
Salami for sale
Salami for sale

 

 

 

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