Our last day in Bologna, we went two train stops past Modena: Parma.
At the station, we stopped to ask a carabinieri where we could get good pizza. He was very friendly and helped us navigate our way out of the station and into town. A coffee break to get our bearings, then onward.
First stop, of course: the duomo: the 11th-century Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Assumption.
Then the pink baptistry. Construction on the pink marble octagon-shaped baptistery was begun in 1196.
The museum at the Bishop’s Residence was included in the combination ticket. Its treasures date back to the 12th century.
Helpful hint: you can buy postage stamps at any tobacco store, but mail boxes are hard to find.
A stroll through the open-air market and the local grocery, where we picked up Nocino. On the way back to the train station, we stopped at a little market and picked up some Parmesan cheese to bring home.
With planning, we could have visited a cheese factory, which would have made the trip complete.