Parma is a city in the Italian region of Emilia-Romagna, founded – as a Roman colony – in 183 BC together with the nearby Mutina (Modena). It originally settled 2,000 families and gained significant importance as a road hub over the Via Aemilia and the Via Claudia
It featured a forum which has become the current central Garibaldi Square
In 44 BC, the city was destroyed, and Augustus rebuilt it
During the Roman Empire, it gained the title of Julia for its loyalty to the imperial house
The city maintained, and further developed, its noble lineage, thanks to the Modern Era-ruling families of the Farnese and Bourbons, and as the capital of the Duchy of Maria Luigia of Austria

The historical centre of town features monuments which are world renowned such as, for example, the Cathedral, a masterpiece of Romanesque art, with a magnificent cupola frescoed by Correggio, and the Baptistery in pink marble inspired by the vision of Benedetto Antelami
Parma has been an inspiration for numerous artists: from the engraver and typographer Bodonito, the French writer Stendhal, to the immortal composer Giuseppe Verdi, and the sublime orchestra conductor Arturo Toscanini. Divided into two parts by the stream of the same name, Parma is home to the Università degli Studi di Parma, one of the oldest universities in the world

The established knowledge, technological advancements and international openness of local farmers and food processors have provided the local, national and international markets with quality and famous agri-food products such as the Parmigiano Reggiano, the Prosciutto di Parma, Culatello di Zibello and Fungo di Borgotaro.  You can get a glimpse of the artistic and food delights and the many other entertainment opportunities Parma, and its Province, can offer in this short video and appreciate the recount of a modern traveller to Parma in this blogpost