For tourists, Parma and its province offer numerous accommodation options, both hotels – up to five-star – and other facilities (residences, hostels, farm holiday centres, bed & breakfast, holiday houses and apartments, refuges and campsites). As of September 2013, also the city of Parma has a Tourist Tax. By law, the proceeds from the Tourist Tax go to finance tourist amenities, including help for accommodation facilities, as well as the maintenance, development and restoration of local cultural and environmental assets and related public services. Search for somewhere to stay on this link.
All over the world, Parma is considered one of the capitals of good food and fine dining. Local restaurants and trattorias dish up excellence, with the out-and-out stars of Parmigiano Reggiano (Parmesan Cheese), Prosciutto di Parma (Parma Ham) and Culatello di Zibello. As a starter, there is Torta Fritta (pieces of fried dough), served with various local deli meats. Among the first courses it is possible to enjoy filled pasta, such as Anolini in Brodo or Tortelli, which can contain Swiss chard, pumpkin or potatoes. Among the main meat courses there is a choice of Rosa di Parma (stuffed tenderloin), roasts, ham with Parmesan or the more classic Punta al Forno, which is veal with an egg and Parmesan stuffing. The typical wine that accompanies the various courses is Lambrusco, deep red and sparkling. Instead, as a dessert wine there is Malvasia dei Colli, a white wine that can be either still or sparkling. Search for somewhere to eat on this link.