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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April 7, 2015

April 2015

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Spring has sprung and Parma Mia is back with some suggestions on how to best enjoy it:

April 11: Italian Fast Offroading Championships - Velano Melegari
April 11 - 19: Minimondi is back - reading and art for children in Parma
April 12 in Sorbolo: Kites & Games
April 12 in Albereto: Fame of the Wolves, hiking
April 12 in Sala Baganza: Vivicitta Running & Walking Race (kids welcome too!)
April 14 - 18 in Polesine Parmense: Salumi for a King
April 14 -19 Milan: Salone del Mobile (Design Fair) a chance to see the city at its finest; 
Also, the World Expo 2015 is coming up soon. You can buy tickets - including a season pass- here, 
April 24 -26 in Colorno: "Nel Segno del Giglio" gardening fair the castle park - arrive early;
April 25 in Fontanellato: Nature Festival and Market
April 25 in San Secondo: celebration for 25 April
April 26 in Varsi: Third Championship for the Mushroom Hunters
April 26 in Salsomaggiore: Hortus et Aquae Micro-festival about gardening

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and other Parma Tourism websites listed on our website
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Art - For a list of the Museums In and Around Parma Click Here
-Fondazione Magnani Rocca New Rome Artists '900 exhibition, beautiful grounds and peacocks!
-Palazzo del Governatore - MATER until June 16
-Studio Museo del Pittore Matteoli - New studio museum of the well-known artist
-Palazzo Bossi Bocchi 
-Museo Bocchi (Monte di Parma)

Cinema in original version (mostly English):
Cinema D'Azeglio - Stanley Kubrick films - most in English with Italian subtitles
Cinema Astra also offers some interesting films but most are in Italian;
Cinema Edison Offers an original and interesting selection of films in Italian;
There is also an original language movie theatre in Reggio and several in Milan

Connections (English & Other Languages)  - Also check out our Connections page for other ideas!
German Reading Group  April 7
English Reading Club  Date not specified
Stendhal Lecture Group  April 15 (French)
Spanish Group Lectures April 25

Courses- Community courses can be found here "In Programma"
For athletic courses see "Sports"
Bia Garden Store - BBQ Lesson on Saturday, April 4

Gastronomic Adventures - For a comprehensive list of restaurants and trattoria: click here & check out our Dining Page!
-For a nice afternoon out of Parma try La Longarola Agriturismo in Lesignano dei Bagni
-New restaurant rec of the month - Jaki (vegetarian)

April 14 - 18 in Polesine Parmense: Salumi for a King
April 25 - May 10 Sagra dell'Asparago (Asparagus), Mesola 
April 26 in Varsi: Third Championship for the Mushroom Hunters

Music and Dance
Nuove Atmosfere, a series of 20 concerts from November to May 2013;
Concerti aperitivo - Al Ridotto del Regio November - April, 2015
Teatro Regio: Lyrical season until June 2015
Teatro Regio: Parma Danza
Rocca di Sala Baganza: Tu per Tu concert series
April 11 - 18: Tortiano - Live music from folk to Jazz

Sports & Outdoors - Please check out the Nature section on our website
Afternoon-out suggestions: Pietra Parcellara in Val Trebbia (1,5 h drive for a beautiful walk in the hills by the magical rock) or the Salse Di Nirano (Modena hills) for a hike and "mud volcanos"

Panthers' Home Schedule (American Football Team)
April 11: Parma Zebre vs Scarlets - Rugby
Wanna see some baseball? Check out Sala Baganza (Serie A) play on April 5
Apennine Events
Sports in the Appenine (Golfing, Hiking, Biking, Watersports)
UISP Parma - Sports and Courses for 2015
CUS Parma - Sport and Courses on/off Campus for 2015
CAI Parma - Hiking, Mountain Biking, Skiing, Family trips and more

For the most comprehensive listing of kids' events in Parma, we recommend the fantastic 

Art and Classes for Children
-Moms' Club: Date TBA
-April 11 - workshop for kids at the Glauco-Lombardi Museum
-Courses on local farms for children. Please book in advance.
-Libri & Formiche: Monthly events
-Laboratorio Famiglia al Portico
-Il Club Orsetto Lavatore: April events

Film & Theater for Children
-Teatro delle Briciole: You can reserve for the fall shows
-Il Regio (Opera) Per I Piu' Piccoli: Opera for children until the end of May
-Casa della Musica Music in Cinema series for the little ones, ending Sunday April 12


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, concerts, flower shows, et al. Many museum 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.
Milano for Kids (pdf file)
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: Lots to visit here - Eataly, The Cinema Museum, the Egyptian Museum.

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