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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November 4, 2017

November 2017 in Parma

We are looking to find ways to collaborate with the genitoriantismog association in Milan regarding the issue of air quality in Parma. If anybody is interested in working together on this, please email or PM us on Facebook. Thanks. 

Special November Events

-Each weekend this month: November Porc, celebrating the famous deli products of the Parma region

Nov 4 - 18: MangiaMusica, Fidenza (weekends)
Nov 5 - 12: Truffle Festival in Fragno (weekends)
Nov 6: Laboratorio sociale di partipazione interculturale
Nov 7: The Nutcracker, Fonderia39, Reggio
Nov 11:  Kandinsky Cage, Palazzo Magnani, Reggio
Nov 12: Hiking in the Valley of Forgotten Mills, Berceto
Nov 16: Bookcity Milano, Milano
Nov 18: The Wild Side of Portofino (hiking)
Nov 18 -19: The Wolf in the Park, Lagdei
Nov 19: Old Farmers' Market, Colorno
Nov 19: The Forte dei Marmi Market, Sorbolo
Nov 24: Mamma Mia! Musical, Reggio
Nov 25: Carpi Christmas Market, Carpi (RE)
Nov 26: Corriamo con Etiopia (We run with Ethiopia)  5K
Dec 2: La Traviata, Teatro Ariosto, Reggio

-Through Nov 17: Bologna Jazz Festival
-Next events at Campus Industry (music/club)
-There are many, many Christmas markets in Northern Italy including the famous O bej! O bej! Fiera in Milan as well as in Trentino-Alto Adige starting the weekend of December 7-10. But plan your travel wisely: that weekend the A22 Brennero highway has tons of traffic!
-Lastly, looking for somewhere nice to relax for a morning nearby? Try the Grand Hotel at Salsomaggiore. We heard the spa is amazing!

For more info and events: (see below for more cities)
Art - For a list of the Museums In and Around Parma Click Here
-Fondazione Magnani Rocca The Story of Advertising exhibition: they also do interesting events
-Palazzo del Governatore
-Palazzo Bossi Bocchi  
-Museo Bocchi (Monte di Parma)
-Art listings
-Near ModenaTerramara di Montale open-air archeological museum, open on Sundays with kids' workshops
Until Dec, 2017: Castello Estense (Ferrara):  Art for Art's Sake

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

Parma Movie Theaters and Listings
Cinema D'Azeglio The Original Ones Series until Nov 7
Cinema Astra also offers some interesting films but most are in Italian;
Cinema Edison Panorama: Sept 16 - Oct 21 Original Language Films from the Berlin Festival
There is also an original language movie theatre in Reggio and several in Milan

For athletic courses see "Sports"
Look for courses offered by the various communities here under "In Programma"

English & Other International Language Connections
German Reading Group : Not yet posted
English Reading Club: Nov 14
Stendhal Lecture Group (French Group): Nov 7
Spanish Group Lectures: Nov 23

Internations (Register in the Parma sub-section) for info about monthly aperitivos and more
Reggio-Emilia English Expat Group (Reggio, Parma,Modena)
Also on Facebook:
Reggio Emilia, Modena and Parma English Meetup (English language dinners in Parma-active group)
-Cours de français Happy Hour Parma
-ENGLISH EVENTS Inglese PARMA MODENA (drinks and games in English once a week)

Gastronomic Adventures

-For a comprehensive list of restaurants and trattoria in the area, click here;

Really enjoyed a visit to Collina della Luna this month, in the hills of Medesano. Reservation required.

Music and Theater:
-Teatro Regio and the Festival Verdi as of September 28
-Traettorie: Sept - Nov (Modern and Contemporary Music)
-NuovoTeatroPezzani: New Schedule Online
-TeatroDue: Calendar Online
-EuropaTeatri: Calendar Online
-Fondazione Toscanini Events online
-Sounds in the Abbey music festival, Parma until Dec 2017

Full list of Parma Theaters and links to their programs- Teatro Regio, Teatro Due, Teatro al Parco, Teatro Lenz, Nuovo Teatro Pezzani, Teatro del Cerchio, Teatro Europa, Teatro del Tempo

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.

There is a good, new bike trail, running from the gardens off Via Langhirano, through campus, up to Gaione

Fencing, Swimming, Soccer (there are many local teams for kids and even some for adults), Rubgy, Baseball, American Football, Gymnastics, Acrobatics, Cheerleading (Starlight)
If you need additional info about enrollment, please send us an email or a message on FB
UISP Parma - Sports, Hikes and Courses for 2017
CUS Parma - Sport and Courses on/off Campus for 2017
CAI Parma - Hiking, Mountain Biking, Skiing, Family trips and more
You can also check out Parma Calcio games as well as rugby Parma Zebre or American Football with the Parma Panthers
-Apennine Events
-Pietra Parcellara: Beautiful hike in the Piacentine hills
-Cinque Terre: Info regarding hikes (and permits)
-Sports in the Appenine (Golfing, Hiking, Biking, Watersports)

Children: Useful resources include,
and various info offered on the website of the "Comune"

Art and Classes for Children
-Waterpainting at Alice Library
-Libri & Formiche: Events here
-Laboratorio Famiglia al Portico
-Laboratori Vari del Comune
-Orso Ludo: Toy store in the Center of Parma which offers projects & events
-Il Club dell'Orsetto Lavoratore: Baby parking and much more
-Pavese Biblioteca: Reading workshops for children 3 - 5

Film Music & Theater for Children
-Il Regio (Opera): Verdi Young for Families, Kids, And Young Adults
-Europa Teatri: Calendar Online for different scholastic programs
-Teatro del Cerchio: Calendar online
-Teatro Pezzani: Children's shows begin Nov 26
-Teatro delle Briciole: Calendar online
-Teatro Reggio Tutti a Teatro

For older children, there are many courses and sports classes offered around Parma. Coop Parma Polisportiva, CUS, UISP, The country clubs (Mariano, Castellazzo) for tennis, SportsCenter, Palazzetto dello Sport. If you need assistance, please write us at Parma Mia on Facebook.


In Bologna this month: Find your way around Bologna in English This September there is Design Week, a Barbie Doll exhibition and more!
Bologna Events
In Florence this month: Movies in English, concerts and more
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 and the Fondazione Prada.
Other new museums include MUDEC and MUBA (kids' museum)
Milan Guide to Exhibitions
In Milan this month (Eventful): Tickets for upcoming concerts, festivals, etc.
Milano for Kids (pdf file)
Modena in English;
Reggio in Italian:
Torino in English: Lots to visit here - Eataly, The Cinema Museum, the Egyptian Museum.
Events in Ligura