Travel Postcard: 48 hours for food and art lovers in Parma

Fri Jan 16, 2009 6:22am EST
 
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By Valentina Za

PARMA, Italy (Reuters Life!) - Got 48 hours to spend in this northern Italian city famous for its cuisine and noble past? Reuters correspondents with local knowledge help visitors get the most from a short visit.

FRIDAY

8:00 p.m. On arriving in what many consider the capital of Italian food, head straight to a traditional restaurant for a taste of fresh stuffed pasta and an introduction to the local range of cured meats and differently aged Parmesan cheese.

Set where an old inn used to be, Osteria del Gesso (Via Maestri 11, +39 0521 230 505) retains a tastefully simple charm under its red brick barrel vault. Begin with a parmesan mousse.

SATURDAY

9:00 a.m. Start the day the Italian way by stopping at Pasticceria San Biagio (Strada Garibaldi 41, +39 0521 286 057) for a cappuccino, a croissant and freshly squeezed orange juice.

The central cafe is close to the Pilotta palace, a colossal 16th century brick construction built to host stables, an armoury, a theater and other facilities used by the local court.

9:30 a.m. A rich artistic patrimony is the legacy of Parma's past as a thriving duchy. Start your tour from the Pilotta, which now hosts a gallery (Tue-Sun 8:30 a.m.- 2:00 p.m.) and, until January 25, an exhibition on Renaissance painter Antonio Allegri, known as Correggio after his hometown near Parma [ID:nL3317058].   Continued...