A truly fascinating city imbued with history, scents and magic atmospheres. Walking or cycling around the historic centre you will see art masterpieces, small or imposing jewels from different ages. The capital of the Farnese family still conveys an indelible charm with its palaces, squares and churches. Many of these were built under the auspices of Maria Louise of Austria, former wife of Napoleon, who redesigned the city after the examples of other important European cities. Parma will tickle all your senses. Its strong ties with Giuseppe Verdi, Arturo Toscanini and Niccolò Paganini are remarkable. It has also perfected local products such as Parmigiano Reggiano and Prosciutto Crudo di Parma, delicious treats from this temple of gourmet food.