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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May 5, 2017

May 2017 in Parma

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April 1 - May 14 : the creative 360 festival around Parma
May 5 -7: Degustibus, Parma and surroundings
May 5: Patti Smith at BDC28
May 5: The Van Houtens at WOPA
May 5 -7: Weekend with Ciacco ice cream at La Madonnina Agriturismo
May 6-7: Civic museums are free for the weekend
May 5 - June 6: Fidenza for families
May 6: Gastronomic night walking tour, San Secondo
May 7: Flowers in Via Faring
May 14: Festa della Mamma in Contignaco Castle
May 19 - 21: Malvasia Wine Festival in Sala Baganza
May 20: "Notte bianca a Modena"
May 20 - 21: Second Appenfest in Monchio delle Corti
May and June: Farm visits

Coming in June: Cento Croci run in Tarsogno,
Festival della Lentezza, Colorno and more

For more info:
Castelli del Ducato (lots of events for kids and adults at various historic buildings in the region)
and other Parma Tourism websites listed on our website (Reggio)
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
-Near Modena, we've recently discovered Terramara di Montale open-air archeological museum, open on Sundays with kids' workshops

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  Not yet posted
English Reading Club  May 18
Stendhal Lecture Group   (French) May 12
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 - 
Check out the new restaurant in Sala Baganza, Les Caves, for an important meal!
Also the Greek/Italian restaurant in Borgo San Biagio isn't bad either.
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;
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.

-Parco Sigurta has reopened for the season. Well-worth the trip. Read more about it on our website or on theirs! Don't forget to stop in Borghetto to check out the river and at Valeggio Sul Mincio for some excellent tortellini.

-Pietra Parcellara: Beautiful hike in the Piacentine hills

-Cinque Terre: Info regarding hikes (and permits)

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

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