Long reckoned to have one of the highest standards of living in Italy, PARMA, 28km along the Via Emilia northwest of Reggio, is a comfortable town, though its general air of affluence has been shaken by the recent recession. You could easily fill a day or two seeing the sights and sampling the city’s excellent restaurants. A visit to the opera can be an experience – the audience are considered the toughest outside Milan’s La Scala – and the city’s works of art are dominated by two great local artists, Correggio and Parmigianino.

 

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