On April 30, the second day of IHTM Italy excursion. Our group visited the small city - Parma. It is located in the Italian region of Emilia-Romagna famous for its prosciutto, cheese, and architecture.
We lived at a three star hotel called Hotel Button. It is placed in the in the heart of the historical and commercial center of Parma. It is a very good hotel.
After breakfast, we meet our tour guide Melanie. She is just an amiable lady. She provides us with an amazing tour of Camera San Paolo, Teatro Farnese, and Parma Duomo.
We start from Piazza Garibaldi. First we visit the Teatro Farnese. It is a Baroque-style theatre in Parma, Italy. It was built in 1618 by Giovanni Battista Aleotti. The structure is impressive and unique. The auditorium with U-shaped plan. Also It was built entirely out of wood and plaster and the painted so it seemed to be made of expensive marbles. But, the theatre was almost destroyed by anAllied air raid during World War II (1944). It was rebuilt and reopened in 1962.
Then, we visited camera san paolo. Otherwise known as Camera della Badessa. It is set in an attractively planted courtyard. If you do not pay attention, you will probably ignore this exciting attraction. It is well known for the wall painting. It having been painted in 1518 by Correggio. The theme of the goddess Diana, and of the philosophical and mythological correspondences.
At the end, we visited the Parma Duomo, and Baptistery of Parma. There are the symbol of Parma. The duomo is an important Italian Romanesque cathedral. The painting of the dome is decorated by a famous Renaissance painter Antonio da Correggio. And the Baptistery of Parma is next to the duomo. It is a pink Verona marble octagonal building. The most striking part of the Baptistery is the painted ceiling. Sixteen rays come out of the center of the ceiling, which each corresponds to the arches. It forming alcoves each containing a painted scene.
In the afternoon, we take the bus leaves from Via Garibaldi for Torrechiara Castle, 10 miles outside Parma. And we have iunch at the castle restaurant “ Grattoria”. And then a tour of the famous “grottesque” frescoes. Among, a large number of magnificent murals let me feel shocked.
Parma is a nice place. If you have time, you can go there and enjoy the quite and peaceful life.
By Minhui ZHONG (Amber)