The itinerary we propose starts from Piazza Duomo where you can find the Cathedral, a splendid example of Romanesque architecture, embellished by the Correggio dome, and the Baptistery, where you can admire the Antelami sculptures.
Close to the Cathedral and continuing beyond, you will find the Church of San Giovanni Evangelista, worthy of a visit for the dome, also frescoed by Correggio. Next to the church, visit the Monastery of San Giovanni with its cloisters and the 16th century monumental library of San Giovanni.
Returning to Palazzo Pilotta you pass in front of the Camera di San Paolo in Via Melloni. It is a room in the ancient convent of San Paolo, frescoed by Correggio for the Abbess Giovanna Piacenza. The visit also includes the room with frescoes by Araldi.
Turning left on Via Garibaldi, you will come across the Basilica of Santa Maria della Steccata, with the beautiful frescoes by Parmigianino and, if available, ask for a visit to the Noble Sacristy and the Tombs of the Dukes of Parma.
Leaving the Church of the Steccata, turning left along Via Mameli, a street that connects Piazza della Steccata to Via Cavour, a pedestrian street also known as the “promenade” of Parma and from here you arrive in Piazza Garibaldi, the heart of the city, where you can ideally finish your tour in the historic center, or perhaps continue looking for some souvenirs in memory of Parma or its gastronomy. If you want to stop for lunch, there are many possibilities, from the elegant setting to the trattoria.