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Baptistery of Parma
Parma Cathedral
San Giovanni Evangelista

San Giovanni Evangelista

Monastero San Giovanni Evangelista is actually a monastery complex that includes a church, a convent and the Historical Pharmacy San Giovanni. It was built during the 10th century for the Benedectine Order, and it fully represents the principles of Romanesque architecture. Inside you can admire frescoes, sculptures and the ancient books housed in the monastic library. Normally, it is freely open to the public, and it is easily reached on foot — only few metres from the Cathedral of Parma.
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Palazzo della Pilotta

Palazzo della Pilotta

Palazzo della Pilotta dates back to the 16th century. The name of the building comes from the ancient game "pelota" often played in the courtyards of the estate. The particular disposition of its corridors forms a sort of fortress with several courtyards and extensions. Today, the palace hosts several museums, among them are 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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The Ducal Palace
Botanical Garden

Botanical Garden

Parma's Arboretum was originally founded in 1600. First, it belonged to the medical university where they grew medical herbs and natural remedies. The contemporary botanical garden was designed under the Borboun domain around 1770. Take a stroll and appreciate the exotic plants species, including the beautiful local flora and when here look out for the distinctive tree with heart-shaped leaves called 'Ginkgo biloba'. The garden contains aquatic plants and mature trees, while the glass houses contain a tropical section with gorgeous Monstera Deliciosa and Theobroma cacao plants, as well as epiphytes, orchids, and tropical fruits. The desert house keeps a variety of cacti and succulents.
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Rocca Sanvitale with Disney Princesses
National Archaeological Museum

National Archaeological Museum

This museum, housed in Palazzo della Pilotta, was founded in 1760 by Philip Duke of Parma. It was the first and — for a long time the only — institution in northern Italy concerning the archaeological work. The two floors of the museum offer a vast overview of the Italian prehistoric, pre-Roman and Roman times, as well as of ancient Egypt. The upper floor houses the collections not linked to the Parma area: the Egyptian section, the Greek and Etruscan sections, and findings from the well-known excavations at Velleia, the so-called "Pompei of Northern Italy".
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National Gallery

National Gallery

The National Gallery is the main museum within Palazzo della Pilotta. It is all about painting! The collection hosted here was property of the Farnese family. The permanent exhibition features over 700 pieces: paintings, drawings, sculptures, architectural decorations and objects of applied arts dating from the Middle Ages to the 20th century. Among the hundreds of paintings displayed here, you will find masterpieces by some of the greatest Italian artists: Leonardo, Correggio and Parmigianino.
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City of Perfume
Parma Charterhouse

Parma Charterhouse

The Parma Charterhouse is a complex of buildings located in the countryside just outside the city. For almost 500 years, it was the abode of the Carthusian Order. Across history, several accidents destroyed great part of the original structures, but today it still houses the original ancient sacristy, some Renaissance furniture and numerous frescoes, altars and capitals. You are always welcome to visit the cloister, and occasionally you can go deeper into the inner parts of the complex.
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Torrechiara Castle