A day in Parma

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Parma is a smart, compact city in Northern Italy that's best known for two things, prosciutto di Parma and Parmigiano-Reggiano. The food here is some of the best in Italy, with a focus on local, seasonal ingredients, but that's not all it has to offer. With its cobbled streets, colourful buildings and historical architecture, Parma is very charming.

It's the perfect size for a day trip and there's plenty to do: visit the Duomo and Baptistery, people watch in Parco Ducale, hire a bike and cycle around the city, have a peek inside the beautiful Biblioteca Palatina, look at classical art in one of the galleries or just wander around the old town, stopping off at all the little delis and boutiques hidden in the backstreets. And then finish off your day with a meal in one of Parma's traditional trattorias.

Backstreets of Parma

Colourful buildings Parma's Baptistery

Colin in Parma

Me in Parma

Parco Ducale

Cycling in Parma

Parma

Boutiques in Parma Boutiques in Parma

Prosciutteria in Parma

Where to eat: Pasticceria Torino for pastries; Pepen for street snacks; Trattoria Corrieri for a traditional lunch or dinner; and Ciacco for gelato.

Lots more on Italy in my recent posts.