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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June 3, 2014

June in Parma, 2014

Welcome to our June addition! We will be on hiatus in July and August but are happy to post any individual events that you forward to us during that time. Also, don't forget to visit our facebook page "Parma Mia" for additional updates and last minute info! If you are not on FB and would like these events to be forwarded directly to your email, please let us know

Please note that many places are closed during August. If you're staying in Parma, be sure to check pharmacy listings, store opening hours, museum times, etc. The pharmacy in V.le Dei Mille, 52/b, COMUNALE MILLE, should be open 24/7.  Check our health section for tips.

Take care and enjoy: Italy is at its finest during this season.

Helpful Sites, Special Events, Art & Theater, Cinema, Courses, English & Other Language Connections, Gastronomic Adventures, Music, Outdoors, Children's Summer Camps, Art, Music, Theatre and Elsewhere in Italy

Helpful local event sites:
-Parma Tourism Website (ENG)
-Nonsoloeventi (ITA), a detailed list of events.
-Events and hikes in the Appenine and Po (ENG)
-Parma & Piacenza castles, click here.
Other sites are listed on our website.

Special events:
-Activities on the farm for kids 2-5;
-May 30 - June 22, Luna Park at the Cittadella;
-June 5 - Magic & Sounds Farnese Theater (charity);
-June 6-8, Parma Ethical Living Festival;
-June 6 -8, I Primi di Rolo, Food and Art in Rolo (RE);
-June 8, Great food fun in Modena. Stuzzicagente 2014 You can buy tickets in advance to taste your way around the city. Four food trails offered (one is vegetarian);
-June 6 -15, Cherry Festival in Villanova Val D'Arda;
-June 8 "Gastronomic Hike" Walk & Taste in Montecavalo (Reggio);
-June 7, Dogs Welcome, guided tour of Parma;
-June 7 "Notte Bianca" in Fidenza, Music, shopping and theatre all night long;
-June 7, 8  "Festival of Children" at Bardi with hiking, games and more;
-June 8 "Festival of Nirano" a day for children at Salse di Nirano (mud volcanos near Modena);
-June 14 "La Notte Celeste" Emilia-Romagna Terme are open all night. Treat yourself;
-June 14 "Taking Care of Yourself With Flowers" Event in Italian, but speaker knows English
-June 14 - 21 "Children's Festival" in the Adriatic Riviera;
-June 20 - 22 Vernasca Silver Flag - Car race and celebration;
-June 21-22, 52nd Verdi Voice Contest in Bussetto;
-June 26, Festa d'Estate di Monadi, Maiatico; Yoga, Dinner et al
-June 27-28, Parma Taste of the Future;
-June 27-28, Rootsway Blues & Food Festival, Soragna;

Towards the end of June, Parma celebrates its famous Tortelli with the "Tortellata di San Giovanni'. Here's a list of the many places you can go, although the 2014 times and dates have yet to be published. One of the most well-known "tortellate" takes place at the Castello di Montechiaruglo, but make sure to arrive super early!
Art & Theater
-Fondazione Magnani Rocca Beautiful Campigli exhibition, beautiful grounds;
-Palazzo del Governatore until June 15: The imaginary food. Italy at the table 1950-1970;
-New Vernizzi Museum (together with Amadeo Bocchi) Free weekly guided tours until June 15;
-Museo di Arte Contemporanea  (MAGra) - in Valmozzola

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

Cinema in original language:
None listed at this time

There are also original language movie theatres in Reggio and in Milan

-Every Tuesday evening at the Barilla Center until mid-June, a non-commercial film will be screened (in Italian)

Courses & Volunteer Work
-Interested in learning where you can volunteer in Parma? Try the Forum Soliderieta'

English & Other Language Connections
-German Reading Group on June 17
-English Reading Club on June 24
-Stendhal Lecture Group (French) Not yet posted
-Spanish Group Lectures on June 25

"Like" the following pages on Facebook for more info on "international" events in Parma:
-Parma Internazionale
-Cours de français Happy Hour Parma

-ENGLISH EVENTS Inglese PARMA MODENA (weekly drinks & games) or click here
-English Encounters Parma - Keep Calm and Learn English
-Reggio Emilia, Modena and Parma English Meetup (English language dinners in Parma)
-Register on Internations (Parma sub-section) for info about monthly drinks and more

Gastronomic Adventures
-June 6 -8, I Primi di Rolo, Food and Art in Rolo (Reggio)
-June 6 -15, Cherry Festival in Villanova Val D'Arda
-June 7-8, 29th edition of the Culatello Festival, Zibello
-June 7-8, Important Cherry Festival in Vignola
-June 8, Great food fun in Modena. Stuzzicagente 2014 You can buy tickets in advance to taste your way around the city. Four food trails offered (one is vegetarian).
-End of June - Tortellata di San Giovanni (see above)

-There's a good list of local festivals on Nonsoloeventi as well as in "4. Fiere e Sagre2014.pdf" found on this page.;
-For a comprehensive list of restaurants and trattorie in the area, click here;
-"Like" Bar Teatro Via Bixio 62A on Facebook for invites to "ethnic dinners" in Parma;
-Check out this lovely service "foodie" guide service (and more), run by an American in Parma:

Casa della Musica - Mozart Series April 11 - June 15
June Program - Shakespeare Live Cafe'
Campus Industry - Disco Club
Concerts in Bussetto this summer

Sports & Outdoors:
Slow Spring 2014: explore the Po Delta from March to June 22;
June - August "Walking is good for you; together it's more fun"; Urban trekking
Please check out this list for more group hikes in the area this summer
Panthers' Home Schedule (American Football Team);
UISP Parma
CUS Parma - Enroll now for the CariParma Run, September 2014
Sports in the Appenine
Oasis Ghirardi WWF

Please check out the Nature section on our website

Summer Camps - It's Time to Enroll!
-Sporty Club Summer Camp;
-Parma City Camp!;
-Soccer Camps;
-English language summer camp at an agriturismo;
-English language summer camp at an agriturismo;
-The Tennis Club of Mariano as well as the Circolo di Castellazzo offer summer programs;
-Schools such as Pink Panther (day-care and nursery) and Mary Poppins (also elementary) offer programs in July and for part of August.

Art and Classes for Children
-Biblioteca Ilaria Alpi "SMILE" project returns with a focus on Algeria (reading + project), June 7
-Summer at the Library: 4 "international" weeks at the Ilaria Alpi International Library
-Moms' Club: Date TBA
-Courses on local farms (agriturismi) for children. Please book in advance.
-Laboratorio Famiglia al Portico: Aprile-May-June program

Summer Day Trips for Children
Gardaland, Verona
Parco Sigurta', Verona
Parco Cerwood Adventure Tree Park
Mirabilandia, Ravenna Safari Park
Parco Natura Viva, Verona Safari Park

Film & Theater for Children
No listings at this time

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, flower shows, et al. Many exhibits offer "children's tours" for which you need to reserve in advance.
Check out the aquarium, planetarium, and Natural History Museum as well.
For the more design-oriented, there's are often great exhibitions going on at the Triennale as well as installations at Hangar Biccoca.
Buy tickets for June concerts: Ligabue, Linkin Park, Pearl Jam...
Milano for Kids (pdf file in English)
Useful site to find what's open in Milan in August
In Florence this month: Movies in English, concerts and more
In Bologna this month: Concerts, exhibitions and more
In Bologna this month: Find your way around Bologna in English
Modena in English;
Torino in English: This month in addition to the wonderful Cinema Museum, Eataly, and Egyptian Museum there is a special pre-Raphaelite exhibition going on with paintings by Waterhouse et al. as well as the Torino Jazz Festival.
Events in Ligura

Buon divertimento!