IN MORE THAN A CREATIVE MODE, BUT WITH ALL THE SENSES – Parma itineraries, to discover the creative good taste

Sight, hearing, smell, taste, touch. Author’s trip to Parma, with all the senses

In Parma, a place of inestimable artistic value, the Palazzetto Sanvitale is full of frescoes, but among them do not miss a Madonna and Child, painted by Parmigianino in 1524. You can deepen your knowledge of this painter by entering the Abbey of San Giovanni Evangelista (a Benedictine complex in the historic center of the city), where the first chapel shows the arch which he frescoed, with Sant’Agata and the executioner and Saints Lucia and Apollonia. One of his delicious cherubs from 1522 is visible in the dome of this church.

Not far from Parma, the Bardi Fortress is a spectacular example of architecture You will be able to observe the landscape of the wide valley, which has remained almost intact, since Parmigianino frescoed an altarpiece there. In 1540, that painter with a troubled life, who lived his artistic trajectory between classicism and mannerism, wanted to be buried in Casalmaggiore in the Sanctuary of the Madonna Della Fontana, on the banks of the River Po

This is the area where Giuseppe Verdi (one of the most important composers of opera), was born in a small village in Busseto. An itinerary to discover the places and characters of music in Parma, could start from the Farnese Theater, continue to the birthplace of Arturo Toscanini and complete at the Auditorium Niccolò Paganini. The Teatro Regio, renowned Italian opera houses, was born in 1821 by the will of Napoleon’s wife. Within this musical horizon, Ippolito Nievo Albertelli‘s cellist passion has grown.

Since his first concerts in Italy, he was admired for his virtuous and musical interpreter qualities. His concert repertoire ranged from the music of Ludwig van Beethoven to Anton Rubinstein and Stephan Davydov. Son of an engineer and a woman who loves music and painting, born in Parma in the autumn of 1901, he was a famous cellist. Ippolito Nievo Albertelli completed his musical studies in the Conservatory of Parma, later moving to Berlin to perfect himself at the direct school of the teacher Hugo Becker. Over the years, he held musical concerts in many Italian cities, also performing in the Roman Philharmonic Academy, in the Academic Room of S. Cecilia in Rome and at the Reinach Theater in Parma.

Just as the memory of places can be associated with something, also the literary places of Parma,,10.335480251838419&z=15, to move on the horizon of the written things that the city has been able to generate. You can do this, through writers and poets who have imagined, remembered or invented it, such as Bernardo Bertolucci and Alberto Bevilacqua.

Between loving passion and lyrical and fantastic atmospheres. What he wrote in the last decade expressed themes related to Parma and his youth, travel and the pain that pervaded human existence. He began to publish his writings in the early fifties, and his first collection of short stories had the appreciation of Leonardo Sciascia. He died in Rome on a day in September 2013 and was buried in the Villetta cemetery in Parma. Alberto Bevilacqua, writer and poet, director, screenwriter and journalist, was born in Parma in the summer of 1934.

In Parma, among the buildings in the historic center there is that of Acqua di Parma, where it is Cologne perfume was created, the first true cologne in Italy. Even a package of perfume, the Violetta di Parma, can prolong the memory of your stay in this city. The “Made in Parma” offers you the opportunity to enter the Antico Buongustaio to appreciate artisanal sausages such as the “priest” or the “strolghino”, without forgetting an ovoid-shaped sweet salami, the “shoulder of San Secondo”. Now that you know the flavors and smells of this area, you could also appreciate the elegant sartorial practicality of the Sorelle Fontana.

They launched their style, inspired by an almost Renaissance line characterized by tight bodices and soft and wide skirts. Some of their sartorial creations waiting you at the Metropolitan in New York and the Louvre in Paris. On the story of the three Fontana sisters, lovers of creativity, an Italian television series was create: Atelier Fontana, the sisters of fashion. In 1958, their tailoring had moved to the prestigious Piazza di Spagna. Famous American women chose what those sisters created for the simple lines of their models. The Study and Communication Center of Parma preserves 6591 of their works, including sketches, sketches and mixed technical drawings.

Visiting Parma is a great experience, but do not forget that its historic center deserves a full day of exploration, in search of Palazzo della Pilotta and Duomo, Baptistery, Basilica of Santa Maria della Steccata, Farnese Theater and National Gallery. Also Teatro Regio, Palazzo del Governatore and Castello dei Burattini, a museum that collects one of the most important puppet collections in Italy. These are some of the places, where you can capture the beauty of Parma with your camera, without forgetting that – as Ugo Baldassarre suggests – the ability to go beyond photography is one of the secrets to obtaining good images.

Born in Altamura in 1978, after experimenting with computer science and publishing, Ugo Baldassarre discovered his passion for photography by purchasing his first Canon SLR. Combined with technical experience, his propensity for creative dialogue developed within the figurative arts, consolidating with his arrival in Parma, his adopted city. With enthusiastic energy, the photographer Ugo Baldassarre faces every new project as a challenge. Through reportage techniques, he spontaneously tells the essence of situations.

Following in the footsteps of Parmigianino, we propose you to get to know him through the places that preserve the memory of the creative fruits of this painter, born in Parma in 1503. Your itinerary begins outside the city, in the Castle of Fontanellato, in which he frescoed the bedroom of representation of the feudal lord’s wife. Back in the city, you can enter the Church of San Giovanni Evangelista, where you can admire its two putti that are located in the high corners of the plume. Arriving at the Chiesa Della Steccata, you will find the time that this artist created in a few months. Palazzo Della Pilotta and its National Gallery, await you with one of his masterpieces, The Turkish slave.

One of his fragmentary fresco of 1524, Madonna and Child, is in Parma in the Palazzetto Eucherio Sanvitale. His long-necked Madonna awaits you in the Uffizi Gallery in Florence.  Parmigianino, real name Francesco Mazzola, was born in Parma in 1503. He began painting at a very young age, in the workshop of his uncles painters, like his father. To escape a war, he moved to Viadana, where in 1521 he painted for the church of that country. Back in Parma, he frescoed three chapels in San Giovanni Evangelista. By engaging in portraiture, he made a series of famous people, such as that of Charles V, or himself, in the self-portrait in the mirror.

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