HIGHLIGHTS:

Private expert guide, focus on Renaissance painters and other art gems, full lunch, entries to Cathedral, Sanctuary of S.Maria della Steccata, National Gallery, Sanvitale Castle  

 


 

Duration: Full day
Departures from: Parma
Experience performed in: Parma city center

AVAILABLE: Tuesday to Sunday

 WHERE: Parma and Province (25 km)

FROM: Parma, Bologna, Milan

DURATION: 6 hours + transfer time

TYPE OF TOUR: Private, educational, art

TOUR TIME: 9:00 am in Parma

MEETING: Your hotel in Parma / train station / townsquare (if self-drive); Your hotel elsewhere / train station (if car&driver selected)

 

A must-do tour for you all art lovers, especially if your main interest is for Late Renaissance and Mannerism. Wow! will be your word of the day looking up at the artistic gems hidden in churches, galleries and castles and you’ll also find out about the strong bind between Parma and Rome in the 1500s and 1600s.

 

  9.00 am: Meet your private guide and discover the Duomo, with stunning frescoes in total-look mode covering the whole of its walls and vaults, as well as the breath-taking Assumption of Mother Mary masterfully painted in the cupola by local artist Antonio Allegri, aka Correggio, in such a way as to even go beyond Michelangelo’s rules and manners. 

  9:50 am: Unmissable stop at the Galleria Nazionale, one of Italy’s richest art collections, for a panoramic tour of Correggio’s and Parmigianino’s masterpiece paintings such as the latter’s Schiava Turca: with her sibylline pose, the enigmatic eyes and the profusion of winking details she will probably remind you of a certain Monalisa

  11:30 am: Take at least a short wowing look at the controversial and utmost sophisticated Wise and Foolish Virgins depicted by Francesco Mazzola, aka Parmigianino, in the Sanctuary of S. Maria della Steccata, true icon of the town since it was founded in 1521 to celebrate the glory of Parma.

  12:00 pm: Once outside, just go 10 steps back toward the green area for a final overview of the so-called ducal district: here is a very specific corner from where you can catch almost all the different architectural styles that have made Parma one of the fundamental stops of Europe’s Grand Tour from the 1600s to 1800s!

  12:30 pm: Typical lunch at one of the restaurants downtown.

  2:00 pm: Head-on to Fontanellato, 20 km from Parma (car required).

  3:00 pm: What better end for an art day than in a castle? Together with the same guide of the morning, your will learn about the birth and fortune of the enchanting Rocca Sanvitale in Fontanellato, home to the homonymous counts until 1948 and still one of Italy’s most frequented touristic attractions thanks to Parmigianino’s intriguing renderings of  Diana and Acteon.

4:15 pm: End of activities and back to Parma / head on to your next destination.

 

Inclusions

  • Private licensed expert guide full day (on site, Ita/Eng, other languages upon availability)
  • 1 typical lunch (drinks included)
  • Tickets to the monuments described in the program.

Exclusions: 

  • Everything not mentioned in the inclusions

 

Cancellation policy:

  • No fee up to 8 days before the starting day;
  • From 7 days to 3 days before the tour starting date: 50% penalty;
  • 48 hours' notice: 70% penalty;
  • 24 hours' notice: 100% penalty.

 

Please note:

  • Program: the described program may undergo minor changes in timings and schedule;
  • Pick-ups: If you choose the car+driver option the price is calculated considering a pick-up from your hotel town or immediate surroundings (max 15 Km). Pick-ups from other locations can be purchased with a surcharge to be agreed upon by email request;
  • Our drivers are NOT driver-guides, since this kind of professional profile is forbidden by the Italian law.
  • Guide: the guide joins you on board only with the car+driver grade and always according to the Covid-regulations valid at the moment of booking. In case you choose the own-car grade, the guide drives his/her own and you just follow with yours (with our itinerary instructions as emergency measure).

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