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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January 24, 2018

February 2018 in Parma

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Special February Events

Jan 28 - Feb 18: Carnevale di Bussetto 137th edition
Feb 1: Frida Kahlo, Milano
Feb 8 - 12: Carnevale in Borgotaro
Feb 9: Narrate', Bolgona Tea Festival
Feb 9: Cioccolarsi per Passione (RE)
Feb 9: 70s band Discorari, Arci Fuori Orari, RE
Feb 9: Dead Horse Bones in concert (RE)
Feb 10: Notte Populare Pugliese (RE)
Feb 10: The music program at WOPA continues
Feb 10-11 and Feb 14: San Valentine's Day celebrations in the Castles of Parma & Piacenza (including a visit to the Sala di Parmigianino at the Rocca Sanvitale for couples)
Feb 11: Carnevale in Citta' (Parma)
Feb 11: Hike in Liguria  hidden beaches
Feb 11: Pork "Festival" in Reggiolo
Feb 12: Start of class to learn to identify mushrooms
Feb 15 - Popa Chubby at Campus Industry
Feb 15: Soups to Warm Us, CookingLand, Pilastro (PR)
Feb 15 - 18: Fiere di Parma: Tourism & the Outdoors
Feb 15 - 18: Salon du Chocolat, Milan
Feb 17: International Motocross Competiton (Mantova)
Feb 18: Hike along the "Linea Gotica" between Modena and Bologna
Through mid-March: Javier Marin at the Labirinto della Masone

There's still ice skating at Centro Eurotorri, ParmaRetail and in front of the Conad at Campus!

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, Manuale Minimo per lo spettatore teatrale Jan - April (learning about contemporary theater)
-Pinoteca Stuard, reopens
-Palazzo Bossi Bocchi  
-Museo Bocchi (Monte di Parma)
-Art listings
-Castello dei Burattini
-Near ModenaTerramara di Montale open-air archeological museum, open on Sundays with kids' workshops

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

Parma Movie Theaters and Listings
Cinema D'Azeglio The Japanese Masters; The Original Ones (Original Language Films)
Cinema Astra also offers some interesting films but most are in Italian;
Cinema Edison
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:  Feb 15
Stendhal Lecture Group (French Group): Feb 8
Spanish Group Lectures: Feb 13

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)
-MeetSpeaker Parma is a very active group with lots of events 

Gastronomic Adventures

-For a comprehensive list of restaurants and trattoria in the area, click here; Also please check out our Dining In & Out Page, for suggestions.

New Indian Restaurant Opening: Curcuma, Viale Piacenza, 19
Check out FICO near Bologna, for a full immersion in Italian Food (world's largest Food Park)

Music and Theater:
-Teatro Regio Parma Danza until June
-NuovoTeatroPezzani: New Schedule Online
-TeatroDue: Calendar Online
-EuropaTeatri: Calendar Online
-Fondazione Toscanini Events online

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 2017/2018
CUS Parma - Sport and Courses on/off Campus for 2017/2018
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"
On facebook there is also Mamme di Parma e Provincia Officiale or Genitori di Parma and Provincia for local advice, selling objects etc.

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

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