More than 400 events in Parma Captial of Culture 2020 have been scheduled for next year.
These include shows, exhibitions, meetings but also restorations of some important monuments, such as the Old Hospital, a complex dating back to 1300, the church of San Francesco (a medieval work that Napoleon transformed into a prison) and the former monastery of San Paolo, which intends to house the museum of ‘gastronomy.
The Italian President Sergio Mattarella will be present at the official inauguration ceremony on 12 January, while Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte is expected the next day for the Sant’Ilario ceremony, which is the city’s patron saint.
“Parma has teamed up and won an important challenge,” said mayor Federico Pizzarotti. “For Parma – assured in a video message the Minister of Cultural Heritage Dario Franceschini – will be the definitive affirmation on the international level”.