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Discover Parma - a city that overflows with art and culture

It was named Italy's Capital of Culture for 2020
  • February 12, 2020 17:30
  • Author Monika Dimitrova
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The northern Italian city of Parma is the Italian Capital of Culture in 2020.  It took over the title from Italy's 2018 Capital of Culture, Palermo, and the 2019 European Capital of Culture, Matera.  Below you will find just some of the countless reasons why this stunningly beautiful city deserves this recognition.

Within Parma, one can find numerous museums, art collections, historical artefacts, as well as entire displays dedicated to food, sound recording and the local football team. There's art everywhere, not only in the Galleria Nazionale, which preserves work of the local artists Parmigianino and Correggio alongside those of Da Vinci and Canaletto but in its churches and numerous private galleries. Masterpieces can be found even in the University of Parma's collection of more recent fine art, photography and fashion, as well as the Parma 360 Festival of contemporary creativity.

Parma province gave the world two of the most famous musicians, composer Giuseppe Verdi and conductor Arturo Toscanini. Their legacy can be found not only at their birthplaces - now turned museums, but in the concert hall, philharmonic orchestra and annual opera festival named after them. The House of Music museum is a must-visit for anyone interested in the history of Italian opera. 

Real food heaven

Last but not least, Parma is food heaven. Parma Parmesan cheese and ham have made the city famous around the world. Emilia-Romagna, where Parma is located, produces more origin-protected food and drink than any other region in Italy. The city is also home to the top school of Italian cooking, Alma, and the only place in the country to earn Unesco's "creative city" badge for its gastronomy. 

In addition to all this and as part of the cultural calendar of this year, Parma has prepared numerous brand-new cultural attractions, installations in and outside the city centre for artists from all parts of Italy and the world to give their own creative view of the city.

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