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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Connecting with ex-pats or international speakers in Parma:

-Try If you register - Bologna is the nearest official community-  you'll find that there is a Parma subgroup which  meets monthly for an aperitivo.

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

- The Mom's Club - find more info under our "kids" section

-Cours de français Happy Hour Parma

-ENGLISH EVENTS Inglese PARMA MODENA (drinks and games in English once a week)


-Many Moms/Dads have found that the best way to meet other English (or same) language speakers is at the parks (Parco Ducale, La Cittadella...) on the playgrounds.

-Of course, school is another great way to make friends - both foreign and Italian. This can either be through your children's school   (The Scuola d'Europa is by large and far the most international of Parma) or by taking courses around Parma.

-For those of you working in EFSA, we've heard there is a newsletter which often speaks of their opportunities there to meet colleagues and/or colleagues' spouses. We're looking to obtain more information about this!

Other suggestions are most welcome!

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