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Parma Private Walking Tour with a Local Guide

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2.5 hours

Private Tour

Why take this tour?

The mention of Parma probably conjures up images of Parmigiano and prosciutto. Yet the city boasts a legacy of splendid monuments and churches along with a rich tradition of music - and is distinctly less crowded than its neighbors Bologna and Milan. On this 2.5-hour private tour, your guide will take you to some of Parma's most significant landmarks including Piazza del Duomo, Teatro Regio, Palazzo della Pilotta, as you become captivated with tales of its storied past. This tour is a private experience with the added benefit of being for your group only, led by a private local guide. These private experiences enjoy a more intimate setting along with the ability to tour at your desired pace. This tour is operated by one of our partners. We searched the world to find expert partners offering incredible experiences in locations you want to go - so wherever you go, you can #takewalks!

Highlights

  • Created with Sketch.Learn about Parma's splendid art, architecture and rich history with a local guide
  • Created with Sketch.Admire Piazza Duomo - the heart of Parma and home to the impressive Cathedral and breathtaking Baptistery
  • Created with Sketch.Explore some of its remarkable churches such as The Church of St. John the Evangelist and Basilica of Santa Maria della Steccata
  • Created with Sketch.Visit Teatro Regio and hear stories of the city's remarkable music heritage

Parma Unveiled: A City of Architecture, Music & Treasures

Named the Italian Capital of Culture in 2020, Parma is known for its gastronomy, music, architecture, and stunning collection of art. On this 2.5-hour tour, delve into the history and culture of this city with a local guide who will reveal the most important landmarks to tell the story of this remarkable city.

Your private tour starts at the Church of St. John the Evangelist, a building which dates back to medieval times. Restored in the 15th-century, it features a beautiful marble Baroque facade contrasted with an even more impressive Renaissance interior decorated by Correggio and Parmigianino, leading artists of that period. Nearby, you'll take in even more breathtaking architecture at...

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Named the Italian Capital of Culture in 2020, Parma is known for its gastronomy, music, architecture, and stunning collection of art. On this 2.5-hour tour, delve into the history and culture of this city with a local guide who will reveal the most important landmarks to tell the story of this remarkable city.

Your private tour starts at the Church of St. John the Evangelist, a building which dates back to medieval times. Restored in the 15th-century, it features a beautiful marble Baroque facade contrasted with an even more impressive Renaissance interior decorated by Correggio and Parmigianino, leading artists of that period. Nearby, you'll take in even more breathtaking architecture at Piazza Duomo, a picturesque square that is the site of two of the city's most significant buildings: the Cathedral of Parma and the spectacular octagonal-shaped Baptistery made from pink Verona marble.

Your next stop, Teatro Regio, is an elegant, neoclassical theater that symbolizes Parma's strong music heritage. The building was commissioned in the early 19th-century by Duchess Marie Louise Habsburg, the second wife of Napoleon, who temporarily ruled the city. Today, Teatro Regio hosts a myriad cultural events including the annual Verdi festival that draws in music lovers from all corners of the world.

Continuing with the tour, you'll briefly pause to admire the outstanding Renaissance church of the Basilica of Santa Maria della Steccata where your guide will share its intriguing 16th-century origins. Follow your guide as you make your way to Palazzo della Pilotta, a massive, unfinished complex that today houses the National Gallery, home to a treasure trove of artwork, the Farnese Theatre, and the Archaeological Museum. Leaving the complex, enjoy a relaxing stroll along the River Torrente, before crossing a bridge to a leafy park that leads to your final stop; the Ducal Palace, built in the 16th-century.

  • Sites Visited
  • Church of St. John the Evangelist
  • Piazza Duomo
  • Basilica of Santa Maria della Steccata
  • Teatro Regio
  • Palazzo della Pilotta
  • Ducal Palace
  • Tour Includes
  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Expertly guided walking tour
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