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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September 24, 2018

Parma Mia: September & October 2018

Comments? Suggestions? Are we missing a great event? Please write us at or on Facebook @"Parma Mia".

Fall is upon us & there's lots to do before the fog rolls in...

(photo: view from Agriturismo La Macchia Tonda near Calestano)

Please contact us with any events!

Sept 28: Notte dei Ricercatori. Night of the Researchers. At University event with more than 100 things to do around Parma
Sept 29: Night hike at Lago Santo
Sept 29 - 30: Open cheese factories
Sept 29 - 7: Mercanteinfiera - Renowned Parma Modernism and Antiques Fair
Sept 29 - 7 ArtParma Fair (Contemporary)
Sept 30: All about mushrooms, a hike in Borgotaro
Oct 1: European Fondation Day
Oct 1 -31: Ottobre Africano a month of cultural events
Oct 3: MangiaCinema Salsomaggiore
OCt 13: Twist and Shout - 50s and 60s night at Campus Industry
Oct 13 - 14: Autumn Festival, Fornovo 
Oct 13-14: Tortel Dols Festival in Colorno, PR
Oct 20 - 27: Truffles in Bedonia (weekends)
Oct 5- 9: BorgoFood, Fidenza
Oct 7: Donne in Corsa (the walk for women) PR
Oct 6 - Nov 25: 88th tartufo festival in Alba (Piemonte)
Oct 14 - Nov 11 (weekends only): Black Tartufo Festival of Fragno (Calestano, Parma)
OCt 21: An easy family hike for chestnuts, near Borgotaro
Oct 27: Oasis di Ghirardi WWF, Borgotaro
Oct 29: Fiesta Dia de los Muertos - WOPA, Parma
Ideas for Halloween at the various Castles in the area
Nov 4: Luca Carboni, Campus Industry
Some concerts in Milan

For more info and events: 
Art - For a list of the Museums In and Around Parma Click Here
-Fondazione Magnani Rocca Lichtenstein
-Palazzo del Governatore
-Palazzo Bossi Bocchi  (CariParma)
-Museo Bocchi (MonteParma)
-Fondazione MonteParma - new museum location in Via Farini 32/a
-Labirinto della Masone - Treasures from the East
-CSAC museum and archives, Parma

-Art listings

-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 
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 : Oct 24
English Reading Club: Oct 16
Stendhal Lecture Group (French Group): Oct 10
Spanish Group Lectures  : Oct 9

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 at -Reggio Emilia, Modena and Parma English Meetup (English language dinners in Parma-active group)

Also on Facebook:
-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;
We recently managed to get a reservation at the well-known Trattoria Mazzini in Neviano degli Arduini...if you're one your way up to Lago Santo or Lagdei, be sure to check it out: top-notch traditional food and some revisited plates.
Also, a bit of a drive, but La Macchia Tonda takes you away from everything...except good food!

Music and Theater:
-Teatro Regio Verdi Festival: September 27 - October 21
-TraettorieSept 18 - Nov 16 (Modern and Contemporary Music)
-NuovoTeatroPezzani: New Schedule Online
-Teatro del Cerchio: Theatre school, also for kids

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.
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 2018
CUS Parma - Sport and Courses on/off Campus for 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"

Art and Classes for Children
-Biblioteca Alice: Il Posto delle Viole
-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: Workshop from pregnant women

Film Music & Theater for Children
-Il Regio (Opera): Verdi Young for Families, Kids, And Young Adults
-Europa Teatri: Coming soon
--Fondazione Teatro Due : Calendar online
-Teatro del Cerchio: Calendar online
-Teatro Pezzani: Children's shows begin Nov 11
-Teatro delle Briciole: Calendar online

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.
In Milan this month (Eventful): Tickets for upcoming concerts, festivals, etc. Buy tickets now for The Who and The Flaming Lips.
Milano for Kids (pdf file)
Modena in English;
Reggio in Italian: In November there will be an comprehensive Liberty exhibition
Torino in English: Lots to visit here - Eataly, The Cinema Museum, the Egyptian Museum.
Events in Ligura

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