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Location, Climate:
Parma is a charming Italian city that is known for the Parma ham, Parmesan cheese and for having one of the world's oldest universities. It is situated in the Emilia-Romagna region and nestled between the Apennines and the Po Valley plain. Some tourists prefer making discount hotel reservations between April and June when the weather is sunny and pleasantly warm. Others choose to book discount hotels during summer season when they can enjoy dining outside and watching the sunset. Make reservations online to get the best deals and discount in Parma hotels.

Where to Stay:
If you are searching for an affordable hotel with a peaceful location, then the best choice is My One Hotel Ayri which situated on the countryside and offers free Wi-Fi and cable channels. Anyone can now afford staying in a 4-star hotel because Parma & Congressi Hotel has incredibly low rates and features first-class amenities including business facilities, swimming pool, sauna and restaurant.

Brief History:
The Etruscans probably discovered Parma because the word “parma” means a “circular shield”. Other Roman terms such as Parminial and Parmni were found in Etruscan inscriptions. According to Greek historian Diodorus Siculus, the Romans replaced their rectangular shields into circular shields just like the Etruscans. There is no certainty whether Parma was named that because it was circular like the shield, or its location serves as a shield to protect the city from the Gauls.

Events, Landmarks, Activities:
One of the most significant events in Parma is the Festival Verdi, which is held every month of October. This 28-day festival features some of the best singers, orchestra directors and operatic performers paying tribute to Italian composer Guiseppe Verdi. If you missed this event, then you can always catch world-class opera at the Teatro Regio. The best place to start sightseeing is at the Piazza Duomo where you can find the 12th century Baptistry and Cathedral. Another touristic spot is the Garibaldi Square where you can see the Governor's Palace as well as numerous restaurants and shops. Visit the Museo Glauco Lombardi to know more about Napoleon Bonaparte's second wife Maria Luigia.

Transportation:
The historic center can be easily navigated on foot since almost everything is walking distance to each other. Riding a bicycle in Parma is quite popular because the city is flat. Taxis are more comfortable and most can be seen near the Governor's Palace or at the train station. There are also buses traveling all over Parma.

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