Parma mia! is a blog for ex-pats and English-language speakers in Parma as well as for tourists who want to learn more. We've got lots of tips and tidbits to share: where to buy your foreign foods, favorite restaurants, what's on for kids during the weekends, local agricultural fairs, where you can find a babysitter or chiropractor and hints on how to make it through the bureaucratic maze that is Italy (see tabs below). This forum is for you: please share your ideas/events with us at or on FB at Parma Mia.

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August 29, 2013

September 2013 in Parma

Special events

Tutti matti per Colorno: August 30, 31 and September 1st in Colorno. Circus and street theater festival, activities for children and adults.

Cariparma Running Saturday 6 for children 6 - 12 years old and Sunday 7 for the 5, 10, half-marathon, and 30k. Register with CUS (click on the link).

Palio di Parma: medieval festival taking place on September 14-15. The clou is the donkey race at 5 pm on September 15!

Coccinella Day Insects and art at Grazzano Visconti on September 21 and 22. Promoted at IKEA so get there early if you're interested!

European Heritage Days: September 28-29 (see mibac website for programme)

Giornata Europea della Cultura Ebraica (European day of Jewish culture): September 29.


Gualtieri Lambrusco Festival Palazzo Greppi in S. Vittoria di Gualtieri (RE) August 30, September 1, 6, 7, 8.
Festival del Prosciutto: September 6-22. A rare opportunity to visit a prosciutto factory!

Fiera del Fungo di Borgotaro: September 14-15, 21-22.

Early music festival: September 16-22, Casa della Musica. Baroque music is a rare treat in Parma and most concerts are free or very reasonably priced!

Festival Verdi: September 30-October 31. Tickets may still be available...
Falstaff in Busseto, hometown of Verdi, October 12, 17, 19, 24, 26.


Opening September 13 at Fondazione Magnani Rocca: "De Pisis en voyage" until December 8.


International Library: Spanish reading club meets on September 2nd, German speaking club September 11, English reading club September 17, but what about the French reading club?? 

August 23, 2013

Welcome back to Parma!

We hope you've enjoyed (or are still enjoying) your summer. We'll soon be posting our September events page -- hoping to make your transition back to Parma a bit easier! Please let us know if there are any special events you'd like to see listed this month and feel free to send us any general suggestions that you may have about our website as we are planning to make some changes to it this fall. I'd also like to take this opportunity to wish my Parma Mia co-founder and real "mamma" of this project, Sophie, the best of luck in her move back to the real world. The same wish goes out to the other "Maxi Moms" who have left us this summer but whose warmth and friendship helped make our time here in Parma even better. Welcome also to our new 'members'. We look forward to hearing from you!