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Across the Medieval monuments

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Visits to Baptistery and Cathedral, Bishop's Palace (Diocesan museum), Church St John the Evangelist, Church of San Francesco, Stuard gallery, Piazzale della Pace, Ducal park, Church of the Holy cross.
Along the streets of the historical centre to discover places and monuments dating back to the Middle Ages.

If you arrive in Parma by train you can easily walk to the historical center, it takes about 10 minutes. Get out of the station, walk through the station square and along Viale Bottego towards Strada Garibaldi, walk along Strada Garibaldi, when you reach Piazzale della Pace, a park at the feet of the Pilotta palace, on the right, turn left on Via Melloni, where is also the Tourist office for any information or maps. From Via Melloni turn right to Via Cavour then take the first street on the left to Piazza Duomo.

If you arrive by bus, you get off on Viale Toschi. Cross the street and reach the archways of the Pilotta palace (in front of the Verdi bridge), go straight under the archways and cross the park, take Via Melloni in front of you, where is also the Tourist office  for any information or maps. From Via Melloni turn right to Via Cavour then take the first street on the left to Piazza Duomo.

The first stop is the square in front of the Cathedral, Piazza Duomo, where the three main buildings date back to Medieval times: the Baptistery by Antelami, the Cathedral and the Bishop's palace. The latter, built between the 11th and 12th century, was actually altered several times until last restoration works, at the beginning of 20th century, gave it medieval features once again. Along the Vicolo del Vescovado, you can still see its original medieval tower and the entrance made of squared stones. Inside, we suggest you a visit to the Diocesan museum.

Behind the Cathedral is located the Church of St John the Evangelist and turning left into Borgo Pipa you will get to Piazzale Salvo D'Acquisto and the nearby Church of San Francesco.

Going back to Piazzale della Pilotta following Borgo del Parmigianino, you will get past the Stuard gallery including the small chapel St Paul, still showing medieval patterns and built in the 9th century, not long before the old church dedicated to the same saint and annexed to the Benedectine monastery.
Cross the meadow of Piazzale della Pace, go straight under the arches of the Pilotta palace and after crossing the bridge you will be in front of the gate of the Ducal park. After visiting the park, on the side opposite to the entrance, get out from the gate at the end of Via Kennedy and reach the Church of the Holy Cross.

Eventually, go back to Garibaldi square by following Via D'azeglio, going past the Old Hospital.
For a lunch break in the area there's a self service called Magnosfera on Via Oberdan, the pizzeria Duchessa on Piazza Garibaldi or the pizzeria Orfeo on Via Carducci. If you have your own packed lunch, you can choose one of the indoor places available in town.

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