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Is it possible to visit the famous Certosa di Stendhal?

The Charterhouse depicted by Stendhal in his novel La Certosa di Parma, is actually made up, but tradition says the author seemed to take the inspiration from the one located in Paradigna or Valserena, a few chilometers north of Parma, on the way to Colorno.
This Charterhouse, that is really magnificent, has open last May with the treasures of the Csac Museum: on display temporary and permanent exhibitions of the Centre of studies and archive of communication of the University of Parma.
There is another Charterhouse in Parma, on the way to Mantova, right out of the city, which hosts a Penitentiary Police School.

Are there any bicycle tracks to reach the castles?

Parma has always paid attention to the environment and mobility issues, infact, in the last few years, many new bicycle tracks have been realised in town and in the province and many will be made in the future.

At the moment there are some itineraries, also touristic, in the Parma territory, but not real tracks connecting the city to the interesting places in the province.
We suggest to take the towards the castle you wish to visit on the tracks, if there are on that way, and along the streets but not the main ones for there is too traffic.
Among the tracks of the province you can find: by mountain bike around Bardi, from Parma to Torrechiara by bike, by bike from Parma to Colorno, through the castles of the Bassa parmense by bike.

Is it possible to make a tour of the Castles in the Province?

You can make a tour of the castles and visit the ones you wish by yourself, choosing among the ones of the flat land, of the hills or of the mountains. It is strongly suggested to use the car in order to visit at least two or three castles, or by public transport paying attention to the opening hours and buses timetables.
The majority of the castles is closed on Monday, especially during winter time.

For further information contact the Castelli del Ducato association on their website or call the +39 0521829055 and for the public transport check the website

You can also arrange a customized tour in the Province of Parma and at the castles in particular, through the incoming agencies as:

Food valley travel Terre emiliane
tel. +39 0521798515

Lanzi travel
tel. + 39 0521603127

7 stelle viaggi e turismo
tel. +39 0521290106

Maestro travel experience
tel. +39 0521229785

I'll be in Parma for one day, what can I visit?

You can easily walk around the historical center of Parma, all the museums are 5 minutes far from each other, the highlights not to miss are the ones inside the Pilotta palace, with one ticket to visit the Farnese theatre, the Archaeological museum and the National gallery.
Even the Chamber of Saint Paul is worth a visit, it’s a monastery room frescoed by Correggio: a real treasure.
Piazza Duomo is a must stop, where you can visit the Baptistery and the Cathedral.
Another beautiful corner, close to Piazza Duomo, is Piazzale San Francesco with the Cusani palace where is the House of Music, not far from there there is also the House of Sound, located in the  deconsecrated church of (both are free of charge).
Do not leave Parma without having tasted (and purchased) our gastronomic products that contributed to give Parma the title of Creative City of GastronomyUnesco


Is it possible to visit the Ham factories?

The production area of the Prosciutto di Parma is located on the hills south of the city, from Sala Baganza (about 15 km away) to Langhirano.
The factories are usually open to visitors only during the Prosciutto di Parma Festival, in September, but some are available on other times of the year, generally for groups and only on reservation.
The Tourist office organizes food tours with departure from Piazza Garibaldi every day to see the production of Parmigiano Reggiano, Prosciutto di Parma, Culatello, Wines, Balsamic vinegar.
In Langhirano there is also a Museum of Prosciutto di Parma, that shows curious things, the history and richness of this exceptional product.
For further information contact the Consorzio del Prosciutto di Parma or the producers directly that are on the list attached.
We always remember to call ahead and make a reservation!

Is it possible to visit the cheese factories?

The territory around Parma is scattered with cheese producers where it’s possible to stop and buy their products. Without a reservation or a tour it is not easy to visit the production, it depends on their availability.
The Tourist office organizes food tours with departure from Piazza Garibaldi every day to see the production of Parmigiano Reggiano, Prosciutto di Parma, Culatello, Wines, Balsamic vinegar.
There is also a beautiful Museum of Parmigiano Reggiano in Soragna, a village about 30 km West of Parma where you can also visit the Castle Rocca Meli Lupi.

In what shops they sell typical products of Parma?

The gastronomic typical products of our territory are on sale in every shop of cured meats and food in general, in and out of the historical center, as well as in the areas of production (for example the Parmigiano Reggiano can be found at the cheese factories).
Also supermarkets and markets sell very good products. Actually, our specialties can be found everywhere! Many shops have also a mail service to send the products abroad.
On Tuesday and Saturday morning in the historical center there’s the farmers market, where it is possible to buy directly from the producers.
If you want to check where to buy our specialties, you may choose among the members of the club Parma city of gastronomy.


Is there a list or brochure with all the fairs and events in Parma and the province for the year?

Due to the spread of internet, it’s been a few years that there are no brochures or detailed lists with fair sand events of our territory for the whole year.
The Iat Tourist office of Parma Municipality has a weekly newsletter with all the events and exhibitions in Parma and in the province, that can be emailed, just write to the office and ask to be part of the mailing list.
The newsletter is mailed every Friday with the programme of the current weekend and the week after.
The events that take place every year are on our website in the section events, or, if you are interested in a particular village or part of the province, we suggest to visit the official websites of the Municipalities spread on the territory, where you can always find a section for the events.

When the opera and symphonic seasons are on?

It is a tradition that the opera season of the Regio theatre starts on Patron’s day of Parma, that is Sant’Ilario on the 13th of January, or on a date close to that day, and it is on until April. The Verdi festival is in October.
Even the symphonic season, always of the Regio theatre starts generally in January and finishes in April or May.

For information and tickets call the theatre tel. +39 0521203999 or visit the website where you can also buy tickets online.
For the Fondazione Toscanini tel. +39 0521391339 – 0521391372,


Is there a luggage locker in Parma?

In Parma there is the possibility of leaving your luggage in various storage points in the historic center via the site active throughout Europe. The application is also available.

Where can I park a tourist bus and where can I drop off and pick up passengers?

The tourist buses can reach the historical centre and stop temporarily on Viale Toschi, that is two minutes away from the museums, the Ducal Garden and 5 minutes from the Piazza Duomo.
Buses arriving from the motorway A1 have to follow the directions to the historical center then to the parking Toschi, that is an underground parking, therefore buses have to stop along the street, on the right side where there are buses signs. Passengers will find there a bar with public toilets, not open on festivities and a snack point.
Then buses have to park out of the city center and drivers can eventually get back by public transport.
The most convenient parking space is located on Via San Leonardo, north of the historical center, opposite to the commercial mall Centro Torri or directly at the exit of the motorway A1 at the “parcheggio scambiatore” exchanging park north.
The parking is free, as well as the city entrance that requires no payment.

Where are the public toilets?

The main public toilets of the historical center are free of charge:

Albo Pretorio (Portici del Grano, Piazza Garibaldi) – temporarily closed
from Monday to Friday from 7.00am to 9.00pm
Saturday from 7.30am to 8.00pm

Piazza Ghiaia
every day from 9.00am to 1.00pm and from 4.00pm to 7.00pm

Ducal park (near the entrance from Via Pasini and near the entrance from Via Kennedy)
every day from April to September from 9.00am to 1.00pm and from 3.00pm to 7.00pm;
every day from October to March from 9.00am to 12.30pm and from 1.30pm to 6.00pm

Cittadella Park and Ferrari Park
every day from 9.00am to 7.00pm

TPMatic self-cleaning toilets:
Borgo San Vitale (Town hall parking) – from 8am until midnight
Piazza della Pace corner with Borgo delle Cucine (next to the former Palace of Province) – from 8am until midnight
Via Verdi (next to MiniEcoStation close to Via Magnani) – from 8am to 8pm
Ducal park (in the playground close to Via Kennedy) – from 7am to 11.45pm in the Summer time; from 8am to 8pm in the Winter time
Ferrari park (close to Via Pezzani, near the kiosk and Gommaland) – from 8am to 8pm

Can you send by mail brochures and leaflets for free?

You can ask for any brochure, depliant or map of Parma and/or the province and they will be mailed for free at the address given, in any part of the world.
To know which brochures are available check on our website page Parma leaflets.

I lost my wallet, what can I do to report it?

If you should lose your wallet or purse or any documents, first of all it’s necessary to block the credit cards, atm cards etc., the Tourist office on Piazza Garibaldi, 1 is available to help you. In case of robbery, a situation that fortunately happens rarely, you need to report it to the Carabinieri or to the Police, both are located in the historical center and reachable by foot.

Where can I find a money change?

The closest money change to the main museums and monuments is located at the central Post office, very close to the Cathedral square or at Banks. On Sunday there is no chance.

Is there a bus tour of the city?

The historical center of Parma can be easily walked by foot for it is about 2 km large, but if you don’t want to walk, you can do as parmesans do, use a bike!
Rent a normal or electric bike, a funny way to discover the city respecting the environment.
Bicycles can be rent in the historical center at the Cicletteria.

How can I get to the city center from the airport?

The airport is located about 5 km away from the city center and it is connected to the city by the bus line number 6 from 6.30am to 8.00pm with a bus every hour.
Tickets can be purchased at the tobacco shops or at some newsagents for euros 1,20, the rate is the normal urban price, or they are also on sale on the bus but the price is euros 2,00.
For further information about buses visit the website