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 12, 2017


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April 1 - May 14 : the creative 360 festival around Parma
April 12 - 14: Cibus - Slow Food, Fiere di Parma
April 15: Hike in Val Pessola, con TrekkingTaroCeno
April 16 - 17: Fiera dell'Angelo, Salso Maggiore
April 17: Treasure hunt and more at the Labirinto della Masone
April 21 -23 in Colorno: "Nel Segno del Giglio" enormous gardening fair the castle park - arrive early;
April 23 - 25: four free concerts in the Pilotta
April 24 - 25: Castle Street Food Festival, Fontanellato
April 28: Marina Rei at WOPA
April 29 - 30 - Parma Street Food Festival
April 25: Libertion Day in Parma
April 30 in Varsi: Fifth Championship for the Mushroom Hunters

Lots of Easter and weekend events at the Castelli del Ducato as well

May 5 -7: Degustibus, Parma and surroundings
May and June: Farm visits

check out
and other Parma Tourism websites listed on our website
Feel free to send us info on any of your events for Facebook postings!

Art - For a list of the Museums In and Around Parma Click Here
-Fondazione Magnani Rocca Depero, beautiful grounds and peacocks!
-Palazzo del Governatore - Patty Smith
-Studio Museo del Pittore Matteoli
-Palazzo Bossi Bocchi 
-Museo Bocchi (Monte di Parma)
-Palazzo Pigorini Open until mid-May with the 360 festival

Cinema in original version (mostly English):
Cinema D'Azeglio Currently Luci della Commedia Italiana
Cinema Astra also offers 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 18
English Reading Club   April 20
Stendhal Lecture Group   April 13
Spanish Group Lectures  May 11 for English Meet Ups in Parma, Reggio and Modena
Internations (subgroup of the Bologna section) also has monthly international events in Parma

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!

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:  Concert schedule
Teatro Regio: Parma Danza
Casa della Musica (together with Parma 360 Festival)

Sports & Outdoors - Please check out the Nature section on our website: there are lots of ideas and many websites listed for ideas for hikes and walks as well.

Panthers' Home Schedule (American Football Team)
Apennine Events
Sports in the Appenine (Golfing, Hiking, Biking, Watersports)
UISP Parma - Sports and Courses for 2017
CUS Parma - Sport and Courses on/off Campus for 2017
CAI Parma - Hiking, Mountain Biking, Skiing, Family trips and more

Summer camps: You can check out the country clubs including the Circolo di Mariano and Castellazzo,
-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
-Schools such as Pink Panther (day-care and nursery) and Mary Poppins (also elementary) offer programs in July and for part of August

For the most comprehensive listing of kids' events in Parma, we recommend the fantastic
For great advice (in Italian) about being a mom, where to bring your kids for birthday parties and more, please check out Mamme di Parma e Provincia "Mamme Sprint" on Facebook

Art and Classes for Children
-Libri & FormicheMonthly events
-Laboratorio Famiglia al Portico
-Laboratori Vari del Comune
-Il Club Orsetto Lavatore: summer events

Film & Theater for Children
-Europa Teatri
--Fondazione Teatro Due 
-Teatro del Cerchio,
-Teatro Pezzani:
-Teatro delle Briciole:
-Teatro Reggio Tutti a Teatro
-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.
Events in Liguria