Cittadella Park, Parma, Italy - ouritalianjourney.com

The Cittadella Park

Cittadella Park was originally built for defensive purposes and was then transformed into a prison and a place of torture. Today, this beautiful area located in Parma, Italy is a public park with spaces for children to play with rides. It also includes a fountain and sports fields, and even a “dog only” area inside this beautiful place. 

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Outside Cittadella Park, Parma - ouritalianjourney.com
a view from the outside of the front gate

We came across this park, called The Cittadella. It is enclosed by a beautiful stone wall. The symbol and the name of the district where the park is located come from the pentagonal-shaped military fortification by Alessandro Farnese, Third Duke of Parma, at the end of the sixteenth-century.

It was originally built as a fortress and is in the unique shape of a pentagon. You can still find remnants of where the ramparts used to be, and it’s quite obvious the location of the once moat that surrounded this magnificent structure.

The entranceway was restored in 2009 much to the happiness of the residents that live around the area. It is almost a mile around the top or 1.6 km. Riding our bicycles was Gary and my favorite thing to do at the park. The trees that surround the park look amazing in fall when they change color.

Cittadella Park entrance, Parma, Italy - ouritalianjourney.com
Ciao, Gary!
Map of Cittadella Park, Parma, Italy - ouritalianjourney.com

location of Cittadella Park

If in Parma, this would be a great place for a picnic and children!

Cittadella Park

Viale Delle Rimembranze, 5/A


Editor’s Note:  This post was initially published in July 2018, and was updated in July 2024 for accuracy and additional information.

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