PARMA – Day Three – pt 1

DSCN7020I awoke to a sun-filled sky on my third day in Parma!  Wanting to take advantage of the weather, I quickly headed out to explore the parts of the city that I’d not had a chance to see yet.  DSCN7022DSCN7024DSCN7026The Chiesa di San Giovanni Evangelista was built in 1510, but there had been a church on this spot since the 10th century.  The campanile of the church is the tallest in the city, standing 75 meters.DSCN7027DSCN7031DSCN7036DSCN7029DSCN7044DSCN7053I wanted to check out the local food market as, let’s face it, I was in Parma!  DSCN7054DSCN7056DSCN7057DSCN7059DSCN7060DSCN7062DSCN7063You can buy pretty much anything at the outdoor market.  The piazza that the market is set in, is lined with cafes, restaurants, and shops.  There is also a supermarket, which I just had to check out.  DSCN7067DSCN7066DSCN7068DSCN7071DSCN7074DSCN7075DSCN7078Once I could tear myself away from the mouth watering displays, I headed over to the other side of the Torrente Parma, to check out the neighborhoods over there.DSCN7082DSCN7091The Monumento a Filippo Corridoni, in Piazza Corridoni, took my breath away!DSCN7093DSCN7096DSCN7094DSCN7102DSCN7105On one side of the piazza, you will find the Chiesa della Santissima Annunziata, which is considered to be one of the most significant monuments of Experimental Mannerism of the 16th century.DSCN7104DSCN7112DSCN7106DSCN7107DSCN7108DSCN7110Strada D’Azeglio is a main street, heading away from the river.  DSCN7117.JPGDSCN7119Further down the street, you come to a large-arcade, fronted building, the former Ospedale Vecchio, or old hospital.  DSCN7122DSCN7128This complex functioned as the city of Parma’s main hospital from the 1500’s until 1926.  DSCN7129DSCN7135DSCN7170DSCN7173DSCN7124DSCN7136DSCN7138DSCN7143DSCN7146Dating back to 1222, the Chiesa di Santa Croce is found in Piazza Santa Croce, at the other end of Strada D’Azeglio.  DSCN7144DSCN7148DSCN7150DSCN7153DSCN7157DSCN7159DSCN7162DSCN7169DSCN7180DSCN7179.JPGDSCN7181DSCN7185DSCN7187DSCN7188DSCN7196DSCN7198DSCN7199DSCN7208DSCN7210The Torrione Visconteo was built in the late 14th century.  It can be found directly across the river from Palazzo della Pilotta.  DSCN7213DSCN7215DSCN7218DSCN7220DSCN7223DSCN7226My next stop was going to be the Parco Ducale.  This was once the garden of the Palazzo Ducale, but now, it is a public park.  DSCN7229The palazzo is not open to visitors.  Today, it houses the offices of the Carabinieri.  DSCN7231DSCN7235DSCN7237DSCN7244DSCN7246The Parco Ducale is a lovely park, and a very nice way to spend a relaxing hour or so.  DSCN7255DSCN7257DSCN7263DSCN7264DSCN7272DSCN7278DSCN7288DSCN7291Another highlight of the park is the Tempietto d’Arcadia – which was built to look like an ancient ruin in 1769.  DSCN7303DSCN7305The Fontana del Trianon, in the middle of the small lake, is also a very lovely sight.DSCN7324DSCN7326DSCN7318DSCN7315

Up next: exploring more of Parma’s neighborhoods, including a visit to the Cittadella!


Note: this blog is written in English and Spanish, and the author takes no responsibility for the quality of any other translations which may appear.


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