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May 2, 2016

May 2016 in Parma!

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Suggestion for a day-trip: Head to Corchia, Berceto (but beware the winding road!) for a fantastic pizza and a hike. It's a beautiful old hamlet lost in the Appenine Mountains.
Just make sure to reserve your table in advance: they're always booked in the nice weather!

For those of you interested in enrolling your children in summer camp, ParmaKids has done a great job this year of putting together a list. Check it out here. Many local country clubs (Mariano, Castellazzo, President's Club) offer programs as well.

April - 15 May: Parma 360 Creative Festival 
6 May: Medel Run at the Cittadella
6-8 May: DeGustibus
6-15 May: "Private" Sale at Fidenza Outlets
8 May: WOPA Concert and aperitivo
8 May: Bicincitta'
8 May: Festa della Mamma
15 May: StraBologna Running
15 May: Via Farini Flower Show
22, 29 May - 5 June: Fattorie Aperte (Farm Visits around PR)
22, 29 May, 5 June: Cantine Aperte in Emilia Romagna
Saturdays in May: Take a shuttle bus to check out the new Labirinto in Fontanellato
Weekends in May: Animated events at the Parma and Piacenza Ducal Castles
1-5 June: Zibello Culatello Festival
2/3/4/5: Parma Ethical Living Festival

You can also check out local websites for summer events like:; (Borgotaro, Calestano, Sala Baganza, Fontanellato)

We have pool listings as well as some great seaside spots to visit on our website:

For late nights out:

Feel free to send in your recs!

Check out,,
and other Parma Tourism websites listed on our website
Art - For a list of the Museums In and Around Parma Click Here
-Fondazione Magnani Rocca Severini plus beautiful grounds and peacocks!
-Palazzo del Governatore - Giappone Segreto (Secret Japan) until June 6
-Studio Museo del Pittore Matteoli
-Palazzo Bossi Bocchi 
-Museo Bocchi (Monte di Parma)

Cinema in original version (mostly English):
Cinema D'Azeglio - UK Cinema "Masterpieces" 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, including Internations Parma; Reggio Emilia, Modena and Parma Meet-Up for monthly dinner; and other events in English

German Reading Group May 17
English Reading Club May 12
Stendhal Lecture Group (French) May 11
Spanish Group Lectures May 3

Courses- Community courses can be found here "In Programma"
For athletic courses see "Sports"

Gastronomic Adventures - For a comprehensive list of restaurants and trattoria: click here & check out our Dining Page!

Another great new fish restaurant to recommend: Meltemi in P.zzle Carbone (in addition to F.I.S.H. and Operaviva)

6-8 May: DeGustibus
8 May: Salame and Torta d'Erba in Borgotaro
1-5 June: Zibello Culatello Festival
 Fattorie Aperte (Farm Visits around PR)
30, 31 May: Cantine Aperte in Emilia Romagna

Music and Dance
Teatro Regio: Parma Danza

Sports & Outdoors - Please check out the Nature section on our website
Afternoon out suggestion: visit to Barboj Park in Lesignano dei Bagni...there are some trails, lovely local restaurants, and a couple "mud volcanoes".

6 May: Celadrin Run at the Cittadella
8 May: Bicincitta'
17 May: StraBologna Running

Panthers' Home Schedule (American Football Team)
Sports in the Appenine (Golfing, Hiking, Biking, Watersports)
UISP Parma - Sports and Courses for 2016
CUS Parma - Sport and Courses on/off Campus for 2016
CAI Parma - Hiking, Mountain Biking, Skiing, Family trips and more

For the most comprehensive listing of kids' events in Parma, we recommend the fantastic website. Also on FB.

Art and Classes for Children
-Moms' Club: May 2 at the Biblioteca Ilaria Alpi at 5 pm (Book in English + craft project)
-Courses on local farms for children. Please book in advance.
-Libri & FormicheMonthly events
-Laboratorio Famiglia al Portico
-Il Club Orsetto Lavatore: May events

Camps for the Summer - It's Time to Enroll!
-Sporty Club Summer Camp;
-Sport Center (CAMPUS);
-Parma City Camp!;
-Parco Bizzozero - Lega Ambiente
-Soccer Camps;
-English language summer camp at an agriturismo;
-Various English Summer Camps offered here
-The Tennis Club of Mariano will be offering a summer program but there is not info currently listed on their site;
-Schools such as Pink Panther (day-care and nursery) and Mary Poppins (also elementary) offer programs in July and for part of August

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

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.
Liguria: What's On Guide