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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January 27, 2014

For Gourmet Tours and an English Speaker's "Slow Travel" guide to Emilia-Romagna, we recommend this excellent website: My Cousin Emilia

January 10, 2014

Parma in January 2014

Happy New Year!

Welcome back to Parma & to Parma Mia. As always, we welcome your comments & suggestions as to how to make this blog more useful to you and to the English-speaking community in Parma.

We'd also like to take this opportunity to congratulate the Parma Panthers Under 19 Team for their success in 2013 as well as to BLV Chiropractors for becoming the official team chiropractors for the Professional Parma Women's Basketball Team!

Remember that Monday, January 13 there will be some school and store closures since it's the Festival of the Patron Saint of Parma, Sant'Illario. You'll find his "scarpetta" in the form of a cookie at most Parma bakeries this week. This weekend there will be events for adults as well as for children (including a meeting with Peppa Pig & games galore at Gommalandia). For more info


Winter Wonderland
Ice skating rink at Euro Torri until mid-February;
Ice skating rink piazza Pellicelli  until mid-February;
If it actually snows, there will be weekly snow-showing hikes, skiing and more at Schia;
Inverno Rifugio Lagdei has weekly snow-showing hikes followed by food or drinks.
Please check weather conditions.
Boat rides in the Val Comacchio Park every Sunday (weather dependent, reservation required);

and remember... sales! saldi! saldes! winter sales are here!

Helping Others
This Saturday at the Conad Supermarket in Via Venezia, the Parma City Angels will be collecting food for the homless; please donate.

We'd also like to mention that if you need to drop off at the Enea "Centro di Raccolta" in Via Lazio, there are often people outside the center collecting your used items. While we don't know if they have any official capacity, they would be quite grateful to receive your old pots, pans, broken electronic devices, car seats etc.

Auditorium Paganini Tutti Per Uno classical music series beginning Dec 13;
Nuove Atmosfere, a series of 20 concerts from November to May 2013;
Casa della Musica - Suono Occulto Modern Music Series;

Gastronomic Adventures
Valceno in Tavola continues, click here for participating restaurants;
For a comprehensive list of restaurants and trattoria in the area, click here;
"Like" Bar Teatro Via Bixio 62A on Facebook for weekly invites to "ethnic dinners" in Parma!

The original ones, movie in original version, Cinema d'Azeglio, waiting for updates

Workshops for Kids
-Workshop and readings at RosaLimone on Saturdays
-Activities at the Laboratorio Famiglia al Portico Program to be updated shortly
-Libri e formiche Events to be updated. PLEASE support your local bookstore!
-Biblioteca Alice celebrates it's birthday on February 13

Theater and Cinema for Kids
-Theatro del Vicolo: Jan 12 and 26, fables for children
-Teatro delle Briciole: Jan 19 and 26, for children
-Teatro del Cerchio: Jan 12, 19, 26 at 17:00 for "ragazzi"
-Europa Teatri: Jan 18 and 25 for "ragazzi"
-Festival Vietato ai Maggiori in Fidenza.
-Castello dei Buratini Marionettes for children
-Il Regio (Opera) Per I Piu' Piccoli

Fondazione Magnani Rocca Closed until March;
The Botero Exhibit continues at the Palazzo del Governatore in Piazza Garibaldi through Jan 26;
Ongoing photo contest in Parma, click here for more info

For a list of the Museums In and Around Parma Click Here

English & Other Language Connections
German Reading Group on February 11
English Reading Club on February 4
Stendhal Lecture Group (French) on January 28
Spanish Group Lectures on January 15

Also on Facebook remember to "Like" the following pages:
Parma Internazionale (Monthly aperitivo and online community via Internations)
ENGLISH EVENTS Inglese PARMA MODENA (Wednesday evenings drinks and games in English)
Reggio Emilia, Modena and Parma English Meetup (dinners)

In Milan this month (Eventful): Tickets for upcoming concerts, festivals, etc.
In Milan this month (CiaoMilano): Find your way around Milan in English. Great exhibitions this month including Faces from the Last Century from the Centre Pompidou, Warhol, Rodin, Pollock (Palazzo Reale). Many of these exhibits offer "children's tours" for which you need to reserve in advance.
Check out the acquarium, planetarium, and Natural History Museum as well.
For the more design-oriented, there's a great exhibition going on at the Triennale as well as installations at Hangar Biccoca.
In Florence this month
In Florence this month: Fashion Trade Fair, Antique Markets, and Cinderella coming on Feb 2
In Bologna this month: Popular Argentine music, World Jazz Session, Theatre
In Bologna this month: Find your way around Bologna in English