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Discussion in 'Parma' started by TuttoItaly, Aug 13, 2013.

  1. Parma is a city situated in the Emilia-Romagna region, in Northern Italy. Home for one of the oldest universities in the world, the University of Parma, and for many museums and churches, Parma is actually best known for the food: the ham (Prosciutto di Parma) and cheese (Parmigiano Reggiano) made here are known worldwide.

    The city, divided in two parts by the 92 km. long Parma River, has a few sites visited by tourists ever year. Even if it's not the friendliest touristic destination, it's a shame to drive past it if you're in the area. Besides, it's so close to other important cities: Milan is to its north, Florence to its south and the Apennines are nearby.

    Among the most visited cultural buildings in the city, Teatro Farnese is in first place. It's entirely built in wood, which makes it a very interesting place to visit. The theater is part of the Palazzo della Pilotta, an entire palace that houses the Archaeological Museum, the Bodoni Museum, the Academy of Fine Arts, the Palatine Library and the National Gallery.

    Some say that Parma's Baptistery is the most interesting building in the city, maybe because it's among the most important Medieval monuments in Europe. The Baptistery of Parma is right near the Romanesque Cathedral, built in the early 1500's. Other places of worship in Parma include the church of Saint John the Evangelist - which includes three cloisters, a convent and a Benedictine grocery, the Sanctuary of Santa Maria della Steccata - a Greek-cross design Renaissance church, The Benedictine Monastery of San Paolo - which houses the Camera di San Paolo.

    Very important for the history of Parma are the central Palace of the Governor and the Garden Ducal Palace. The Citadella is also interesting, the architecture is simply amazing. Castello di Compiano should also be on your "to visit" list, when you're in the neighborhood, it's breathtakingly beautiful. So is Castello di Roccabianca, built in the 15th century.

    For those of you who enjoy taking a walk, there are a few places you can explore. The Parco Ducale should be your first choice, it's beautiful, peaceful and relaxing. The Ducal Palace is right in the middle of the park, if you would like to visit it. Orto Botanico di Parma is another great destination to explore on foot. It's a botanical garden maintained by the University, where aquatic plants and exotic trees are being grown, as well as some tropical plants and fruits, with the help of the glass house.

    Parma is also one of the few cities to have a strong American football team: the Parma Panthers. They are also the subject of a recently written book, "Playing for Pizza", written by the american writer John Grisham.

    So, even if the city of Parma is not your regular touristic destination, there still are a lot of places you can visit: places of worship, palaces, gardens.

    Next time you're nearby, make sure you make a pit stop and visit Parma. You won't regret it one bit!

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  2. I have been to Parma many times!
    I went to the University of Parma for a while and I took the train everyday to get to school.

    It's a lovely city!
    I especially loved the bus ride from the station to the University. It practically goes across the whole town and the whole time I usually stared out the window to see the river that floats right in the middle of the city.

    I haven't visited it much though, but in my few walks around the centre and surrounding areas I have to say, it's really beautiful!
  3. I just looked into Parma and it seems to be a beautiful region. I had no idea that it was famous for its proscuitto and cheese. I also had no idea that Parma prosciutto can go for around $30 per pound. Do Italians really pay that much for good ham?
  4. My first, only and very unprofessional attempt at publishing a video.
    Pictures from Parma taken last august.

  5. Awesome video Hermann. It takes me right back there. Parma is really special and I had one of the best meals of my life there. Did you try the Lambrusco wine? It was my first taste of a fizzy red wine and now I'm obsessed!

    Regina, Proscuitto is an Italian staple. I think every family has some in their fridge. It doesn't cost quite that much here but there are different qualities and brands. The Proscuitto di Parma is the best though.
  6. Short answer, yes :)
    But like serialexpat said, it's not that expensive around here.
    I just looked on the website of the supermarket I usually go to, 1 kilo or prosciutto di Parma is, this week, €24. So that's about $27. But take into consideration that 1 kilo is about 2 pounds. So, either this supermarket sells it at an astronomical price, or you mistook one kilo for one pound :D (it happens, just writing this reply took me forever, I kept on transforming everything, I'm really confused right now myself! :D ).

    Of course, everyone had their price, maybe a different supermarket sells it cheaper or even more expensive. It also depends on how many months it's been aged, it's a really important factor!
  7. Parma ham ranges between 20 and 40 Eu/Kg
    Culatello goes up 60 to 80 Eu/Kg
  8. Who is buying it by the kilo?! I normally bought it prepackaged in the grocery stores for maybe 3 euro at most? Correct me if I'm wrong cus I didn't get any when I was down for Christmas. But the for the same 200 grams they are charging over 5 euro in France!!! :mad:
  9. As you were missing the photos, I decided to find some.







    Hotel Parma


    Hope you enjoyed!
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  10. image.jpg And don't forget the mascot!!!
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  12. Last picture is not an hotel, it is the Reggia di Colorno, the dukes residence in the nearby town Colorno.

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