Laura Cova

About Laura Cova

A tourist guide with a passion for Art, History and the stories behind them

The Teatro Farnese in Parma: a tale of ambition

2020-03-03T12:51:06+01:00

If you visit Parma, you can’t miss one its main attractions: the stunning Teatro Farnese inside the imposing Pilotta Palace. Ranuccio I Farnese, duke of Parma 1592-1622 It was a court theatre and when the Duke of Parma Ranuccio I Farnese had it built in 1618 (only two [...]

The Teatro Farnese in Parma: a tale of ambition2020-03-03T12:51:06+01:00

Guided tour of a Parmigiano Reggiano cheese factory

2020-03-03T12:51:10+01:00

Parmigiano Reggiano is a unique cheese renowned all over the world – when in Parma you can take a guided tour of a Parmigiano Reggiano cheese factory and witness the daily birth of the king of cheeses in a local caseificio (cheese-making establishment). Parmigiano Reggiano – a unique cheese [...]

Guided tour of a Parmigiano Reggiano cheese factory2020-03-03T12:51:10+01:00

Spring in Parma: nature and art celebrate the renewal of life

2020-03-03T12:51:12+01:00

April marks the arrival of the warm season everywhere and a tour at this time of the year is the best way to see nature and art jointly celebrating the triumph of Spring in Parma. Spring - Benedetto Antelami Parma Baptistery A solemn young girl crowned with flowers [...]

Spring in Parma: nature and art celebrate the renewal of life2020-03-03T12:51:12+01:00

Parmigianino’s fresco in Fontanellato: a hidden gem

2020-03-03T12:51:22+01:00

Hidden inside Rocca Sanvitale (Sanvitale castle) in Fontanellato near Parma there’s a small room frescoed by a Renaissance master. In 1524 Count Galeazzo Sanvitale commissioned the twenty-year-old Francesco Mazzola, aka Parmigianino, to paint the myth of Diana and Actaeon and the result is absolutely charming. A talented young painter and [...]

Parmigianino’s fresco in Fontanellato: a hidden gem2020-03-03T12:51:22+01:00

Christmas food in Parma

2020-03-03T12:51:23+01:00

Christmas food in Parma is a matter of tradition and it plays a prominent role in the way we celebrate. Each family treasures its own special version of traditional recipes which give Christmas its distinctive taste. In Parma on Christmas Eve locals usually do not have meat for dinner and [...]

Christmas food in Parma2020-03-03T12:51:23+01:00