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Pilotta

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Pilotta, is the name of a buildings complex located in the old center of Parma; the name comes from the game "Pelota". The missing part was occupied by the dominican church of St. Peter demolished only in recent times. The complex was built around the year 1580. Looking east, over the arcade, there is "piazzale della pace" (peace square).

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A: Pilotta Square, Parma

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Pilotta Square, Parma

B: Piazzale della pace

by Cristian Marchi, 130 meters away

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Piazzale della pace

C: Bridge Giuseppe Verdi

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D: Along the river Parma

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Along the river Parma

E: Teatro Regio, Parma

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Teatro Regio, Parma

F: Ducal Palace

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Ducal Palace

G: Palazzo del giardino Ducale

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Palazzo del giardino Ducale

H: Duomo Street by night

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Duomo Street by night

I: Duomo Street

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J: Duomo Square by night

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Duomo Square by night

This panorama was taken in Parma

This is an overview of Parma

The visit of the city of Parma begins from the view of Piazza Duomo characterized by three buildings: the Cathedral, the Baptistery and the Bishop’s Palace. The atmosphere of the marvelous square is the original medieval one.
The Cathedral is one of the highest expression of Romanesque architecture in Italy with a Latin cross plan and a beautiful façade with a pitched roof. Inside the church we can find some masterpieces like the fresco by Correggio in the Dome showing the Assumption of the Virgin and like the Deposition of Benedetto Antelami. The Baptistery, considered the transition between Romanesque to Gothic architecture, is due to the Antelami: the plan of the building is octagonal and the façade in pink verona marble.

Near the Cathedral we find the Monastery of St. John’s characterized by the Church, the Convent and the Ancient Benedectine Apothecary’s. The church has a Latin cross plan with three naves and six chapels. In the central nave we have the frieze designed by Correggio who also frescoed the dome with the Transit of St. John. The convent has two fascinating cloisters.

In the center of the town we have also the Church of Madonna della Steccata, a splendid Renaissance church. Near the the Steccata we have the neoclassical Teatro Regio one of the most renowned theatres in Italy.

The visit of Parma continues in the Ducal Park, an example of a french style garden, which houses the Ducal Palace; then we can see the Town Hall and the Governor’s Palace in the central Piazza Garibaldi, the House of Music and the Auditorium Paganini designed by the famous italian architect Renzo Piano. View the Virtual Tour of Parma on my site.

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