Parma Italy, Verdi, architecture and cheese .

If we love each other, God lives in us, and His love is brought to full expression in us.

1 John 4:12

The city of Parma founded in 183BC by the Romans along the Via Aemilia was an important road junction. Today it is known for its architecture, music, art, prosciutto and cheese.

October 10 , 1813 Giuseppe Verdi was born in a duchy of Parma Italy. The school children of Parma were gathering around this memorial with wreaths and flowers to remember this man who had an outpouring of operas between 1855-1867.
It was not always like that. Deep sadness nearly destroyed his desire to create. The story goes like this. Berezzi asked Verdi to teach his daughter music. He soon fell passionately in love with Margherita. They married. They had two babies, both died in infancy then while working on his second opera Margherita died at the age of 26. He was devastated and vowed to give up composing. He was then persuaded to write Nabucco with its famous chorus of the Hebrews Slaves and its premier in March 1842 made Verdi a star. He continued to create operas including Verdi’s Requiem Mass, composed to honour his friend Alessandro Manzoni , a famous novelist and poet who had died the previous year.
He did fall in love again but only married after his mother died.
In 1901 he suffered a stroke and died a few days later.
The setting of the memorial with the children and town dignitaries gathering…
…and a close up of how they have depicted the man Verdi and below are a few things he said…

You may have the universe if I may have Italy.

I have striven for perfection, it has always eluded me, but I surely had an obligation to make one more try.

The artist must yield himself to his own inspiration, and if he has a true talent, no one knows and feels better than he what suits him.

Giuseppe Verdi 1813 – 1901

Press on the bold print to listen to

Verdi’s Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves

Parma Cathedral – Romanesque, Renaissance, Italian Gothic architecture. The building was begun in 1059 then an earthquake in 1117 damaged it badly. The wide facade was then completed in 1178. Step inside…
Then in the centre is the dome.
It is decorated by a highly influential illusionistic fresco by Renaissance painter, Antonio de Correggio
1494- 1534. Back outside…
…listen to the bell chime from the separate Gothic belfry added later in 1284-1294 .
Next to the belfry is the octagonal Baptistery of Parma with pink verona marble. It is considered to be among the most important medieval monuments in Europe. It was in my post on Poitiers in France that we looked inside the Merovingian Baptistery of Saint John.
The Baptistery is in the centre. Then look a the central height…

The inside contains 16 arches each containing an alcove with 13th and 14th century frescoes and paintings.

Then step back outside and taste some cheese. Here is a recipe from an author and for those who are strict vegetarians a suggested substitute.

“I made lemon spaghetti in an early season of ‘Everyday Italian’ , and to this day people still come up to me and say they love it. It’s very, very simple. Basically, you cook the pasta and mix together Parmesan cheese, olive oil, lemon juice and zest and pour it over pasta.”

Giada De Laurentiis Author

“Parma is an amazing Parmesan Cheese substitute made from walnuts. It tastes like a dream and is healthy to boot.”

Rory Freedman Author

I hope you have experienced some of what Parma had to offer us. Thank you for looking at this post.

Sandy 🙂

9 thoughts on “Parma Italy, Verdi, architecture and cheese .

  1. I enjoyed reading about Verdi and his turbulent life, so thank you for the history lesson. I also loved seeing the Parma Cathedral. The frescoes and architecture are so very beautiful. I don’t think I will ever be able to wrap my head around the opulence of European cathedrals until I can see a few for myself. Thank you for sharing Parma, Sandy!


  2. This post makes me hungry😂. (Not the ham…). You folk have really traveled far across Europe! Thank you for the lovely music too. Interesting post.


  3. Wow!! Those frescos and arches are simply divine. I can’t even imagine standing beneath them and taking it all in. It must be overwhelming to some degree. Thank you for the video of the bell tower chiming. It took me there and frankly took my breathe away. This is someplace I need to visit.


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