Parma is cute. And little. And while the food is amazing, you can really see everything you want to see there in the space of half a day. Thank goodness a few weeks ago I had two entire days there, because I really, really saw Parma. There are two primary reasons to go there: Correggios and food. Here I’ll show you the Correggios, next post: foooood.
Correggio is not really one of my favorite artists. Sixteenth-century painters often leave me a little cold, but even I have to give Correggio his due: his ceiling paintings in Parma are beautiful.
In the cathedral:
There’s this exuberant display of jumbled legs:
And then in the church of San Giovanni Evangelista (which is about a 30 second walk behind the cathedral, they are practically connected):
But better than both of those dome paintings is the Camera di San Paolo, which is tucked away in a little convent:
where I got to hang out with these ceiling paintings:
all by myself for a long time. Good job Correggio.
The Camera di San Paolo is about a five minute walk from the Cathedral and San Giovanni Evangelista, so after you spend an hour seeing those things you’re left to wonder… what now? And the answer in Parma is always: EAT!