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    Picturesque Parma Packs a Punch

    Picture elegant cobblestone streets and piazzas full of well-dressed locals eating and drinking at a café or deli filled with delicious delicacies. Parma, most famous for its Parmagiana cheese and prosciutto, also provides nourishment for admirers of architectural pleasures.

    It's easy to explore the historic city centre on foot or by bike. Romanesque churches to admire include the 12th-century Cathedral and Baptistery of Parma, and the neoclassical San Pietro church in central Garibaldi Square.

    The 16th-century complex of Palazzo della Pilotta houses the National Gallery and the Baroque-style Teatro Farnese. Museo Lombardi holds important artworks and documents.

    A thrilling and unique spectacle is to watch an Italian opera written by Parma’s favourite son, Giuseppe Verdi, at the acclaimed Teatro Regio. The Festival Verdi is held annually in October to celebrate his achievements.

    Whether it is a romantic getaway, business jaunt or city trip, Booking.com has a hotel for you in picturesque Parma.