Parma is served by the Milan-Bologna rail line, with hourly trains arriving from Milan (trip time: 1 hr. on frequent fast trains, 1 1/2 hr. on less expensive slower trains). From Bologna, trains depart for Parma every 30 minutes or so (a little under an hour). There are a few direct trains a day from Florence (2 hr.); most journeys will require a change in Bologna. For information and schedules, go to www.trenitalia.com. The station doesn’t have baggage-storage facilities, but you can stash your bags for 5€ at the Hotel Century, just outside the main entrance at Piazzale Carlo Alberto dalla Chiesa 5/A, hotelcenturyparma.it; tel. 0521/039-800.

If you have a car and are coming from Bologna, drive northwest along A1. Note that driving in the historic center is restricted—from October through March it’s off-limits to cars entirely on Thursdays and cars are not allowed within the ring roads on the first Sunday of the month, December excluded. Don’t drive into the old city without first contacting your hotel—without a special pass you’ll be fined 90€. Outside the restricted area, you can park on the street wherever you see blue lines (not blue-and- white lines; purchase a ticket from the curbside machines), or aim for the official parking lots: Goito, Toschi, Duc, Dus, and Via Abbeveratoia (around 1€–1.70€ per hour), with free shuttle service to the city center.
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GETTING AROUND

Parma is bike friendly, with rentals available from the large stand outside the train station in Piazzale Carlo Alberto dalla Chiesa (www.infomobility.pr.it; tel. 0521/281-979). Rates are 1.50€ an hour, 12€ per day. Bus number 15 (1.30€, buy ticket at newsstands) makes a handy run from the train station to Teatro Reggio and the historic center, though the walk is only about 10 minutes.

VISITOR INFORMATION

The tourist office at Piazza Garibaldi 1 (www.turismo.comune.parma.it; tel. 0521/218-889) is open daily 9am to 7pm.
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Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.