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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March 2, 2018

March 2018 in Parma

Special March Events
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March 3 - Snow shoeing, sunset, and food, Lagdei  (PR)
March 3 - Fabio Pasini speaks of his travels at the Palazzo Pigorini (Center)
March 3 - Holistic healing for animals, Oasi WWF, Borgo Val Taro (PR)
March 3 - Visit the Rangoni and Farnese Palace and Ducal Palace (reservations required) Parco Ducale, (PR)
March 3 - March 11 - Antiques Fair, Fiere di Parma (PR)
March 3 - March 25 - Luna Park at Campus (PR)
March 3 - Crime at the Castle Sherlock Holmes, Castello Varani de Melegari (PR)
March 3 - Harlem Globetrotters, Milan (MI)
March 4 - Hiking and wine, Calestano (PR)
March 4 - Good shopping: Mercante degli Ambulanti di Forte dei Marmi in Piazza Ghiaia (PR)
March 4 - Fate feste con le fate - Sognambuli's 100th Show (for charity), Parma
March 4 - Free entry to civic museums, Milan (MI)
March 8 - Festa della Donna (Women's Day), Italy
March 8 - Sept 3 - Masterpieces from the Philadelphia Art Museum, Milan (MI)
March 18 - Historic San Giuseppe Fair, Oltretorrente, (PR)
March 18 - Maneskin at Campus Industry (check for tickets, may be sold out) (PR)
March 18 - Donna India Viaggio e Danza a Parma 
March 22 - March 24 MECSPE, Manufacturing Convention, Fiere di Parma (PR)
March 23 - Peter Greenway's Making a Splash (in English language), Labirinto della Masone, (PR)
March 24 - And now even Culatello will have its own museum, Antica Corte Pallavicina (PR)
March 26 - 29 Bologna International Book Fair (BO)
March 31 - April 2 Easter Street Food, Fontanellato, (PR)

March 9, 10, 11: Chocolate Fair in Parma
March 11: Theater for kids at the Theatre of Corte di Girola
March 18: Station Market at WOPA (Parma)
March 29 - Aprile 2: Easter, A look at an ancient family meal, Rivalta Castle (PC)
March 31 - April 1, 2: Happy Days Festival, Piazza Ghiaia, Parma

Happy Easter and Happy Passover to those who celebrate!

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 Pasini and the Orient: opening March 17.
-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
-Labirinto della Masone
-Palazzo Pigorni: Zhdat dalle Alpi alla Siberia - Until March 11

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

Parma Movie Theaters and Listings
Cinema D'Azeglio  The Original Ones (Original Language Films) Great films in March!!
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 :  March 21
English Reading Club:  March 15
Stendhal Lecture Group (French Group): March 7
Spanish Group Lectures: March 18

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)
Fidenza: Lebanese Restaurant!

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
-Teatro Alle Corte di Giarolo

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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