Pia's Travel Guide to Parma


Hello YALI Tribe,

On September 30th our founder and creative director, Pia Zanardi had the great pleasure of creating a travel guide of Parma, Italy for YOLO Journal, a travel magazine curated by Yolanda Edwards.

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The guide begins with the beautiful view from Pia’s family’s boutique BnB, La Terrazza sul Duomo and continues into a view of her charming room.

Next, Pia takes us on a bike ride through the streets of Parma where she picks up breakfast from Pasticceria Pagani. She showcases the delicious risini and panini al prosciutto, a regional specialty.

Then she takes us for some historical sight seeing. First to the Duomo, where construction began in 1059 under Bishop Cadalo. She shows us a view of the ornate ceilings and of Corregio’s, “The Assumption of the Virgin” which was painted between 1526-1530. Next we travel to the Battistero di Parma which was commissioned in 1196 by Benedetto Antelami. The centerpiece of the Battistero is a beautiful baptismal font which sits below an elegant cupola with fresco paintings.

Out to lunch! Pia provides two delicious recommendations. First up, Pepèn where she has panini. Her second recommendation is Antica Trattoria Ronzoni where she dined on salumi, torta fritta, tortelli di erbetta, and an amazing zabaglione.

After lunch it’s time for some afternoon shopping. First we are headed to Oliva Stampe where we search through beautiful antique prints. Next stop is Cavalieri, the oldest hat maker in town, where Pia shops for handmade hats.

Next, Pia takes her bike to the Pilotta to see some art and view the Galleria Nazionale exhibit with Fornasetti. At the Galleria Nazionale, you can view paintings from the Italian Old Masters like Corregio, da Vinci, Carracci or even Antonia Canova’s sculpture of Maria Luigia d’Austria. The Teatro Farnese inside the Pilotta Complex is a beautiful location for the Fornasetti show. Before she leaves, Pia walks through the grand hall of the Biblioteca Palatina. Just before dinner, she takes a scenic stroll through Parco Ducale.

Pia provides two delicious dinner recommendations for you. First up, Ristorante Cocchi which has been around since 1925. She enjoys the Bollito served by the master, Cocchi, himself. For her second course she enjoys delicious handmade Anolini. Pia’s next recommendation is Maria Anedda’s restaurant, Les Caves. First, she eats Anolini Estivi that is as beautiful as it tastes, then a risotto scampi mandorle e limone. For dessert, a decadent piccola bomba di riso con ragù di piccione.

Pia retires for the night back at La Terrazza sul Duomo for a beautiful sunset as she gazes at birds. A beautiful evening to end a beautiful day.

Watch the full guide on our Instagram Highlights, and enjoy listening to the Parma Playlist on YALI Spotify

Ciao for now,

YALI