Parma is a little city with a rich culinary heritage. Parma ham and Parmesan cheese both hail from the city, while the surrounding Emilia-Romagna countryside is the birthplace of Italian specialities like balsamic vinegar and tortellini.
The city itself is a walkable jumble of palaces, churches and galleries. Peer up at the sky-high frescoes of Parma Cathedral or delve into the museum and theatre at Palazzo della Pilotta. Meanwhile, the Baptistery of Parma is an octagonal masterpiece carved from rose marble.
Just make sure to make time for Parma’s other love: music. Come summer, the neoclassical Teatro Regio puts on Festival Verdi between September and October.