Getting There -- Parma is served by the Milan-Bologna rail line, with hourly trains arriving from Milan (trip time: 45 min. on frequent fast trains, 1 1/2 hr. on the less-frequent but less-expensive slower trains). From Bologna, trains depart for Parma every 30 minutes or so (around 1 hr.); one-way fares starts at 6.80€. There are two or three direct trains a day from Florence (2 hr.); most journeys will require a change in Bologna. For information and schedules, call (tel) 892021.
If you have a car and are starting out in Bologna, head northwest along A1. Don’t drive into the old town without first contacting your hotel—without a special pass you’ll be fined 90€. You can park on the street, outside the restricted area, where you see blue lines (not blue and white lines), or aim for the official parking lots: Goito, Toschi, Duc, Dus, and Via Abbeveratoia (around 1€–1.70€ per hour).
Visitor Information -- The tourist office at Via Melloni 1A (www.turismo.comune.parma.it; (tel) 0521-218889) is open Monday 9am to 1pm and 3 to 7pm, Tuesday to Saturday 9am to 7pm, and Sunday 9am to 1pm.
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.