Parma is one of the largest cities in Emilia Romagna, a region in Northern Italy. This city is mostly known for its prosciutto, Renaissance culture and architecture, cheese, fine food, art and the piazzas. The city's most important medieval and Renaissance buildings face Piazza Duomo, including the Romanesque cathedral and baptistery; Piazza Giuseppe Garibaldi is another beautiful square, with the Town Hall and the Governor's Palace facing it. The city's cultural heritage can be appreciated in the Regio Theatre, considered one of the best opera houses in Italy, the birthplace of opera: since the Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi was born in the city, an annual festival dedicated to him is organized every year. A trip to Parma wouldn't be complete if you didn't try the local cuisine, with two of its world-renowned specialties: Prosciutto di Parma and Parmigiano Reggiano cheese (Parmesan), alongside fine wines and the traditional egg pasta. The city has a small airport connecting it to a few Italian cities, and London and Tirana abroad. If you're looking for a cheap flight leaving from London, you can find one using our flight comparison tool, which let you compare all offers available and purchase the one you prefer.
The airport is very close to the city, and it is accessible via bus, train and taxi: journey time to and from the city centre will be relatively short, varying between 10 and 20 minutes. Once in the city, there is no tourist card for the city itself, but there are various offers available. The Ducato di Parma e Piacenza gives small discounts to access the region's castles and in some retail outlets. You can relive the city's long history in its many Renaissance palaces, symbol of power: the Palazzo della Pilotta, the Ducal Palace (with its French-style garden) and the Bishop's Palace. The city is very close to many other beautiful Italian locations, including Modena, which has various UNESCO World Heritage Sites (such as the Torre della Ghirlandina), Piacenza and Bologna. If you wish to further explore this beautiful country, beyond this city, you can easily do this thanks to its excellent rail connections: Modena, Piacenza and Bologna are all within an hour's distance. Milan can be reached in little over an hour, Verona and Florence in around two hours.