Al Battistero d’Oro

Bed & Breakfast

Tranquillity in the heart of Parma. A city beloved of opera buffs, history buffs and foodies, it is one of Italy’s best-kept secrets


2 rooms


Rooms sleep 2


Tucked behind the Duomo off a tranquil square in a traffic-free zone is this grand two-storey yellow palazzo, Patrizia’s home. You enter via a double ‘portone’, then take a lift from the cobbled courtyard to the first floor. In the dining room, awash with light from tall windows, are family antiques and a big oriental rug, serene pictures, a long table at which breakfast can be served, and a cosy fire for winter stays. Your hostess, accommodating and delightful, lives here with her teenage family and gives guests two elegant bedrooms: a very private double, ‘Duchessa’, down a steepish but well-lit stair (it’s also reachable from the entrance floor), and a twin/double ‘Reina’, close to the dining room with an as-private feel. Beds are handsome, mattresses are inviting, pillows plump, lighting is excellent, and discreet, and mini safes, fridges, WiFi, satellite TV, fluffy towels and beautiful toiletries are de rigeur. And then there’s history-rich Parma, with its wine bars, delis, trattorias and passion for gastronomy, and the Teatro Regio, one of the three great homes of Italian opera.


  • Hot tub
  • WiFi
  • Swimming pool
  • Mobile reception
  • Spa
  • Oven
  • Breakfast included
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Bar
  • Parking on premises
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Breakfast available
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Central heating
  • Wheelchair access
  • Limited mobility
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Garden
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • Credit cards
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Children welcome
  • Books and toys
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

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Nightly price
from €80
Singles €80 - €90.
1 Double
From €80
1 Twin/double
From €90


Perfect location for central, historic Parma! The warmest of welcomes by Patrizia - elegant, genuine, helpful - simply lovely! We had 3 days here and couldn't have chosen or wished for a better, more special B&B! Stylish, historic rooms and a wonderful breakfast too. Patrizia's suggested routes to discover the local area were perfect too - her love of the Po plains, castles and Parma itself is infectious and we cannot wait to return!

Mark, Tewkesbury

Al Battistero d'Oro is a blissful place to stay. Patritzia couldn't have been more welcoming, helpful, discreet, entertaining and elegant. We felt that she had invited us into her Parma world telling us what to do and what to eat and where to walk....but always with humour and charm. Her home....and it is very much a family home, is as central as it could be and as lovely. A highly recommended place to stay. We hope to return in the autumn perhaps for opera, for more time in Parma and the surrounding towns and to spend more time with Patritzia.

Wendy, London

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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Patrizia Valenti

  • The Cathedral Square and the Baptistery closed to us
  • The Farnese Theatre wonderful wooden theater
  • The Ducal Park beautiful park with statues and a small pond
  • The National Gallery
  • The Regio Theatre cradle of opera
  • The Food Valley