Parma is a refined city rich in art and culture, with a museum complex (Palazzo della Pilotta) hosting one of the most precious collections in Italy and a splendid theatre (Teatro Farnese) dating back to the 17th century. The city is also home to a world-famous opera house: Teatro Regio, built during the reign of Marie Louise, Duchess of Parma (Immersive 360). Here music is king: after all, right now you are in the land of Giuseppe Verdi and in the home town of Arturo Toscanini.
Then there is the marvellous Piazza Duomo, a medieval square featuring the Cathedral, Baptistery and Palazzo Vescovile. The Dome of the Cathedral was frescoed by painter Correggio, whose “Assumption of the Virgin” seems to break the physical boundaries of the dome, giving visitors a glimpse of Heaven through a vortex of clouds, putti and Saints.
The surrounding area is scattered with many castles and hamlets that are definitely worth a visit (e.g. the Reggia di Colorno, also known as the "little Versailles", which is now home to ALMA, a world-renowned culinary school), but also natural parks and thermals baths for relaxation. If you like a challenge then you must explore the labyrinth in Fontanellato (Labirinto della Masone), built by art publisher and magazine editor Franco Maria Ricci.
Last but not least, it is worthwhile mentioning that Parma was the first Italian city to be designated a UNESCO City of Gastronomy. So, be sure to fully enjoy what the Food Valley has to offer, starting from the Food Museums of PDO Parma raw ham and PDO Parmigiano Reggiano cheese.