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My Obsession – All Made From Wood

The Doors of Parma There is something about the doors in Italy. This obsession for taking pictures of doors started back in 2010 with our first visit to Italy. I couldn’t get enough. We’d be walking down the street thinking I’d seen every door shape, color, and carving possible and then of course I’d find another one. They are amazing works of art. Some have metalwork that is amazing in and of itself. Most are […]

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Monastery and Church of San Giovanni the Evalgelist, Parma

Built for the Benedictine order between 1498 and 1510 but its elaborate white marbel Baroque facade contrasts with the Renaissance architecture. The interior is in the shape of a Latin cross, has three nave columns and six chapels.       A fresco with the Jewish and Pagtan Sacrifice running along the central nave, was painted by Correggio. In 1477 the whole complex was damaged by a fire. The abbey basilica was rebuilt from around […]

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Palazzo Della Pilotta, Parma

Within the Palazzo Della Pilotta is the National Gallery, the Palatine Library, the Museum Bodoni, the Archaeological Museum, and the Teatro Farnese.   Teatro Farnese On the first floor of the Pilotta, a massive wooden door painted with faux marble marks the entrance to the Teatro Farnese (Farnese Theatre), which occupies a large room originally intended as an armory. This wooden masterpiece was later transformed into a theater between 1617 and 1618 by architect Giovan Battista Aleotti.  This room […]

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The Cathedral (Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta), Parma

The Cathedral – Duomo Dedicated to the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, can be considered one of the finest examples of Romanesque architecture in Italy. It is the episcopal seat of the Diocese of Parma. It was built around the year 1059 and consecrated in 1106. The facade is made from blocks of sandstone and decorated with a row of loggias and two tiers of galleries. The bell tower is topped by a copy […]

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Words of Advice – Our August Nightmare

I have posted previously on June 2014, under TRAVEL TIPS to be aware that thing close in August. Not everything – but somethings, especially small stores. I guess I just didn’t comprehend how much this tip would have helped us this trip; 2016. We thought we were making a smart decision by waiting to come to Parma to find an apartment rather than trying to decide back in Arizona, USA by just looking at the internet. After all, […]

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iL Castello dei Burattini (Puppet Collection), Parma

Museo Giordano Ferrari Since the opening in 2002, Castello dei Burattini bases all its activities on Giordano Ferrari’s desire to transmit the memory of a puppeteers’ life and work. The Research Centre, with its library and archive, offers to the public one of the most important collection of books, plays, posters, photographs, and correspondences related to the animation world. The museum contains a considerable part of the material that the puppeteer, Parmesan has patiently collected in […]

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