It includes the Cathedral and the Castle
Parma is a feel-good city with its wide streets and squares, as the entire city allow local traffic only and is mostly pedestrianized, it’s wonderfully walkable, giving the city a feeling of civilized calm.
It’s in this quiet and charming atmosphere that we will start our night tour of Parma, our fully certified English- speaking tour guide will lead you at the discovery of the main outdoor city’s monuments, we will spend 2.5 hours together strolling the central streets and squares.
Starting it in the late afternoon allow us to capture a special moment of the city, when locals meet up to have a chat and a glass of wine, when the sun exalts the yellow coloration of the buildings, when the mood change from touristy to pleasantly relaxed, when we can slow down our pace and calmly enjoy the beauty of this quiet and charming town.
Let’s start our cultural visit from the central Garibaldi square, situated where there was once an ancient Roman Forum, here reside the main public offices and buildings: the Governor's Palace, the Town Hall and the palace of the Captain of the People built in 1200; here we can observe a unique and intricate astronomical clock.
A leisure walk will bring us in piazza del Duomo, the religious heart of the city, an entire side of the square is occupied by the Parma Cathedral, a Romanesque basilica dating from the 12th century, its broad facade makes an impressive ensemble with the 63 meter tall bell tower and the octagonal baptistery, this is one of the finest medieval buildings in the whole of Italy.
The most ancient buildings in Parma are colored in yellow, legend tells that the fair hair color of the noblewoman Isabella of Bourbon, admired during her wedding parade, may have inspired the townspeople and successively the French architect Petitot in the choice of color when painting the façades of the buildings in Parma, at sunset the color assumes such vibrant shades that the city seems to bathe in a permanent golden glow.
The great beauty of Italy lies in these often ignored quiet little towns, do not miss the opportunity to discover this hidden treasure.
- English speaking professional tour guides
- Small group walking tour (max 14 participants)
- Gratuities (optional)
- Hotel pickup and drop-off and transportation to/from attractions --
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