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Parma (latin for circular shield) is a city in the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy, and is famous for its prosciutto (ham), parmesan (cheese), art, and architecture. What would become the city began in the Bronze Age as a small village settlement, and would rise to prominence under the Etruscans and later the Romans in the second century BC. Today, the city is a glamorous destination for romantic getaways and cultural sightseeing. From bustling shopping streets, to gastronomic bars and a thriving nightlife, Parma has something for everyone. Finding your ideal hotel in Parma can be difficult, especially when there are hundreds of hotels to choose from. With the help of Venere, you can book the hotel perfect for your budget and expectations with the aid of user submitted reviews, hotel photo galleries, and a Google maps applet to enjoy a virtual tour of the area around your hotel.
What's Parma Like?
Whether you are a history buff or a shopaholic, there is plenty to see in do in Parma. There are many religious buildings throughout the city center, such as the 12th century Battistero di Parma (Babtistery of Parma) with its stunningly painted created interior, or the Greek inspired Basilica di Santa Maria della Steccata (Cathedral of Saint Mary of Steccata) with gilded interiors and a panoramic view of the city. For shopping and dining opportunities, The Fidenza Village offers plenty of fashionable clothing and accessories, or the Strada Farini district well known for its antiques. The classically inspired Teatro Farnese is one of the most popular theaters in the city, and is the ideal place to catch a play or local opera.
Tips for Getting Along with Locals in Parma
Parma experiences a pleasant climate all year round, with the Summer months from mid June to late August. Summer afternoon temperatures average around 24°C, although it has been known to rise as high as 31°C on occasion. Although many of the locals speak English, it would be considered polite to carry an Italian pocket reference book or memorize a few phrases, such as "Parla inglese?" ("Do you speak English?") or "Non parlo l'italiano" ("I don't speak Italian"). You can find the local tourist information office (SITur) on Piazza Giuseppe Garibaldi for all the latest information regarding festivals and attractions. If you are interested in taking a day trip out of the city, Parma Railway Station offers regular direct travel to Milan and Bologna. Be sure to check with the Venere website before you travel for details about the city and your hotel.