Located between Milan and Florence, Parma boasts some of Italy's best cuisine, performing and visual arts, intriguing history and architecture. The city has an abundance of fine restaurants and great-tasting food - after all, Parma is the hometown of Parmesan cheese and Prosciutto Parma ham. Located in the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy, Parma is an affluent and culturally rich city. It is no wonder that Parma is known for its discerning opera patrons: it is the birthplace of the famous Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi. The city's history will come to life as we witness Parma's graceful palaces and brilliant facades.
"I adore art...when I am alone with my notes, my heart pounds and the tears stream from my eyes, and my emotion and my joys are too much to bear." -Giuseppe Verdi, Parma-born Opera Composer (1813-1901)
We will go to the University of Parma, one of the oldest universities in the world and visit the Ducal Park, a stunning French-style garden. Parma's history is deeply Etruscan and our tour guide will share historical insights and highlights which have shaped the city. We will walk through Piazza Garibaldi where you will you be able to experience the city's main square. The Governor's Palace and the Palazzo del Comune promise to be a feast for your eyes! And experience the Parma Cathedral filled with magnificent Renaissance art, including the fresco of the "Assumption of the Virgin" in the dome of the cathedral that marks the culmination of Correggio's career as a mural painter. Parma is an exquisite choice for a walking tour: a city filled with rich history, magnificent art and great tasting food!