Parma is located in Emilia Romagna, in the North of Italy, at the centre of a plain delimited to the North by the river Po and to the South by the Apennine mountains

Aristocratic past and cultural ‘grandeur’

A small city with a noble past, thanks to the ruling dynasties of the Farnese and the 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 also been an inspiration for artists in other fields, from the engraver and typographer Bodoni to the French writer Stendahl. Furthermore, the immortal composer Giuseppe Verdi and the sublime conductor Arturo Toscanini have contributed to associating Parma to musical excellence

Università degli Studi di Parma

The Università degli Studi di Parma is a State University established in the early Middle Ages. On March 13th, 962, the Emperor Ottonian I conferred on Uberto, the Bishop of Parma, the initiation of the Università in the ‘Diploma’, a document which granted the Bishop the power to order and elect legal leaders (‘eligere et ordinare notarios‘). This document, still preserved in the Bishop’s Archives in Parma, constituted the founding act of an educational institution that would last centuries

Teaching Model Building in GAMS

The Parma Lowlands

The low lying lands to the south of the river Po have featured heavily in the cinematographic creations of Bernardo Bertolucci and Giovannino Guareschi. These flatlands are famous also for the traditional meat curing processes which produce the Culatello di Zibello and the Spalla Cotta (Cooked Pig Shoulder) di San Secondo. Moreover, you can visit architectural masterpieces like the Reggia di Colorno, with its delightful gardens, the fortified castle of the Sanvitale family in Fontanellato and of the Meli Lupi family in Soragna. Upon roaming the lowlands, consider lodging and eating at our favourite place, the Locanda del Lupo in Soragna

Culture And Leisure: The CSAC

The Study Centre and Communication Archive (CSAC) is a research centre of the University of Parma founded in 1968 by Professor Arturo Carlo Quintavalle. Right from the start, it concentrated on assembling a collection of fine art, photography, architectural drawings, design, fashion and graphics, as well as organizing exhibitions and publishing catalogues. Since 2007, it has been based at the Valserena Abbey, also known as the Charterhouse of Paradigna, just a few kilometres from Parma. It is divided into five sections – Fine Art, Photography, Media, Project, and Visual Arts – containing around 12 million single items. Its institutional task is the collection, conservation, cataloguing and promotion of cultural heritage. In addition, it provides scientific consultancy to support teaching, research and design, and organizes exhibitions: to date, it has over 100 exhibitions and as many publications to its credit

Castles in the Duchy

There are around thirty castles and fortified manor houses in the Parma area providing the visitor with a unique experience of different eras. In particular, the dynasties of the Farnese, Bourbons, Lupi and Sanvitale as well as Maria Luigia of Austria enriched the area with luxurious estates and modern infrastructures