The influence of the Dukes of the Farnese and the former French legacy under the reign of Napoleon’s wife, Marie Louise, permeates throughout the unique culture, the dedication to cuisine, and the enchanting ambiance of Parma. The Cathedral shines with 11th-century Romanesque appeal and the 13th-century bell tower hides the masterworks of artists like Correggio while it casts a shadow over the cobblestones that pave Piazza del Duomo. Bakeries fill with the scent of fresh pastries that are stuffed with honey and rolled in walnuts while cafes serve herbaceous mountain bread known as pane di montagna. Your flight will land at Bologna Guglielmo Marconi Airport, where your private transfer will greet you upon your arrival and begin your exploration of it all.
The scenic drive from the airport will bring you through the aromatic woodlands and sporadic hills that lead to the historical and delicious ambiance of Parma. Your hotel lies at the heart of the fascinating city and shimmers with an attractive classical style that is accentuated by modern luxuries. Castles dot the ascending mountains outside of the city, and the marshland along the Po Valley glows with verdant grass and rippling water. Your guide will greet you in the hotel lobby, eager to lead you on an introductory tour of Parma and escort you to the 12th-century baptistery. Pink marble accentuates the octagonal Romanesque architecture while Biblical reliefs decorate the wooden doors, which will provide you with an example of the elegant transition between Romanesque and Gothic style. The interior of the church offers an impressive collection of 13th-century religious frescoes in the Byzantine style that blanket the walls and ceiling.