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Hertz Car Hire in Parma

The beautiful historic city of Parma makes the perfect base to explore the classic Italian countryside of the Emilia-Romagna region. This quiet rural area of ancient churches, castles and unspoilt villages is well away from the normal tourist trail.

It’s easier to explore the city and its surroundings if you hire a car in Parma and we’re in a good position to help. We’ve got offices across the city, including at the airport, in the heart of the old town and in the commercial outskirts near to the A1 motorway. Whether you’re visiting for business or pleasure, we’ll be able to get you into a vehicle of your choice quickly and efficiently.

Pickup Locations Parma

  • Parma Airport

    Opening hours: Mo-Sa 0900-1300 1430-1830, Su on request

    Address: Via Licinio Ferretti 50/A,
    Giuseppe Verdi Airport

    Phone: +39 0521 1512080

  • Parma - Via Emilia Ovest 46/H

    Opening hours: Mo-Sa 0830-1300 1430-1800, Su closed

    Address: Via Fainardi 2, , corner Via Emilia Ovest

    Phone: 39-0521-261367

  • Parma-Via Mantova 166 (Barilla Bookings Only)

    Opening hours: Mo-Fr 0800-1230 1430-1800, Sa-Su closed

    Address: Via Mantova 166

    Phone: 0521 263557

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A quick guide to Parma

The Renaissance city of Parma is surprisingly undiscovered by tourists. This makes it a great perfect place to explore on a holiday.

Driving around Parma

Among the cobbled piazzas, trickling fountains and ancient honey-coloured stone landmarks of this compact city, you’ll find the traffic is usually light. It’s easy to get around thanks to a useful dual-carriageway ring road, ‘The Tangenziale’. And you can drive to the neighbouring cities quickly using the good network of local roads. In addition, Italy’s main north-south motorway, the A1, skirts the north of the city.

Eat your way around Parma

The city may not have been discovered by tourists, but it is world-famous among foodies. The local Parma ham and Parmesan cheese are among the classic Italian specialities. Try browsing the artistic displays in the delis on Via Garibaldi or acclaimed restaurants like Al Tremezzo. Explore the tiny cafes of Via Farini that are popular with locals, the sweet shops selling Parma Violets, the favourites of a 19th-century local duchess.

Parma’s ancient sights

Start with the 900-year-old Duomo cathedral and its neighbouring octagonal medieval baptistery. They stand in a central square lined with historic houses and shops. Inside, you’ll find frescoes on the walls and ceilings that rival the treasures of Florence. In the nearby Pilotta Palace there is a collection of paintings by Da Vinci, Holbein and Brueghel, as well as Parma’s own local Renaissance artists Parmigianino and Correggio.

Later dress up to visit Parma’s opulent gilded Teatro Regio opera house - the perfect place to watch an opera by Verdi, who was born nearby. The auditorium first opened in 1829 and Verdi directed his works here. If you’re here in October, there’s an annual Verdi festival to enjoy.

Take your own food tour

The surrounding countryside is full of acclaimed food producers. Most are open for tours and tastings. For example, there are 500 registered ham makers in the Langhirano Valley to the south of the city alone, while the plains to the north are full of cheese farms. Look out for simple rural trattorias in these areas – it can be the best place to try the best of the local specialities.