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Battistero di Parma

The Baptistery of Parma is a stunning octagonal building in pink marble built between 1196 and 1216. It is one of the symbol of the city, also for its central location, right near to the Cathedral of Parma. The Baptistery is considered the junction point between the Romantic and the Gotic periods, and one of the most important bequest from the Middle Ages. In its inside, you can admire plenty of Medieval works of art, magnificently explained by the museum headsets available on the spot.
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Monastero San Giovanni Evangelista

This monastic complex includes the Church, the Convent and the Historical Pharmacy San Giovanni. It was built during the 10th century for the Benedectine Order, and it fully represents all the fundamental principles of the Romanesque architecture. Inside the complex you can admire frescoes, sculptures and ancient books housed in the monastic library. Normally it is freely open to the public, and it is easy to reach being situated at few metres from the Cathedral of Parma.
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Do & See

Palazzo della Pilotta

Palazzo della Pilotta was built during the 16th century. The particular disposition of its corridors forms a sort of fortress, with courtyards and extensions. The name of the building comes from the ancient game "pelota" often played in the courtyards of the estate. Today, it hosts several museums, among which the National Gallery, the Palatine Library and the Archeological Museum. Inside the building there is also a theatre, and during summer outdoor events are organised in its gardens.
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Teatro Regio

Teatro Regio is a Neo-Classical theatre, commissioned by the Dutchess Maria Luigia. Today it si considered one of the most important Opera Houses in Italy, not only for its history, but also for its dervent contemporary activity, which includes operas, ballet, concerts and exhibitions of various kind. Italian opera is an inspiring and enchanting form of art, and live it in such an amazing setting would complete your experience, but it is also possible a simple visit to the building.
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Palazzo Ducale di Colorno

The Ducal Palace, also known as Reggia di Colorno, is located at 30 mins by bus from Parma. It was built by the Duke of Parma, who took the inspiration by the Palace of Versailles to cover the remains of a former castle. In its inside you can admire collections and exhibitionsof various kind. But if you will be there during the warm season you will be enchanted by the magnificent Italian gardens surrounding the palace. Many oper-air events are organised by night during summer.
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