Known throughout the world for its very famous Parmigiano Reggiano and cured ham, Parma is also famous for its music. As the birth place of Giuseppe Verdi and Arturo Toscanini, it is also the proud home of the Teatro Reale (Theatre Royal), commissioned by Marie-Louise of Austria, and the modern Auditorium of Renzo Piano, both of which are temples of lyrical music in particular. Look a little deeper ...
Parma ham must successfully pass every stage in its production concluding with a close examination in order to obtain the stamp of the Ducal Crown labelled with a branding iron.
The Parma Cathedral was built on Duomo square, beside the baptistery and the Episcopal palace. The interior of the dome, which is based on the shape of an octagonal drum, was painted by Corregio.
Like several other cities in the region, Parma features numerous archways.
In the shape of a Latin cross, the church was built in the Roman Emiliano-Lombard style.
The cathedral's belfry was built by Obizzo Sanvitale between 1284 and 1291.
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