Famous for food and wine, Parma is a city in northern Italy which attracts visitors from around the world. Much quieter and more laid back than other large Italian cities, yet having all of the facilities and luxuries one would expect from a modern metropolis, Parma is the perfect balance of old and new, making it an ideal holiday destination. Whether flying into Parma and collect your rental car at the airport or simply touring the Italian countryside, be sure to take some time to explore this beautiful city and its surroundings, you are bound to be impressed! Auto Europe offers several pick up locations and a large fleet selection, so finding a car rental in Parma is both easy and economical.
The area around Parma was settled over 3000 years ago, and became a Roman colony around the 2nd century B.C. Over the centuries, a strong emphasis on food, wine, art, and impressive architecture developed in the area, which still exists to this day and can be described as the perfect example of classic Italian culture. Home to Parmigiano cheese and Prosciutto ham, the local delicacies have since spread around the world, and with loads of cafes, restaurants and wineries to choose from, it would be hard to find a better place for eating traditional Italian food.
Apart from its famous culinary delights, Parma is blessed with a great number of well preserved historical sites and buildings, making it the perfect destination for history buffs also! Drive your hire car into the city centre, where you will find several great sites worth a visit. Just to the east of the river which runs through the city, you will find Parma Cathedral, which was built in the 11th century and contains superb frescos painted on the walls and ceiling. Not far from here you can also visit the Baptistery of Parma, a building regarded as a one of a kind. Built in the 12th century, the Baptistery is regarded as a midpoint between Romanesque and Gothic architectural styles, a truly unique site indeed.
Simply exploring the area with your rental car, you will find many great places worth stopping at. Parma is home to one of the oldest universities in the world, which is close to 1000 years old, and just a short drive southwest of the city centre you can visit one of the finest castles in Europe, Torrechiara, which was built in the 15th century and still stands in perfect condition today.
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