ALL ABOUT PARMA - IN ENGLISH!

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 parmamia@gmail.com or on FB at Parma Mia.

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Tourism

Parma is a beautiful city, rich of monuments, churches and museums. We mention here (what we consider) the best of, but there's much more!
Visit the tourist office piazza Garibaldi (in the building of the Comune) for, among others, assistance for ticket booking, and a list of tourist guides who speak English, French, German. Go to Parma Point, via Garibaldi, for brochures, and books in English and French.
Touring Club Editore publishes the very detailed guide 'Parma e provincia', but in Italian only.
On this page you can download the list and opening times of Parma's monuments and museums.

-Monuments
-Museums
-In the province of Parma
-A few ideas for (visits)

Monuments
The Cathedral and the Baptistry are absolute must-see, as well as San Giovanni Evangelista church and its monastery. The library of the monastery is one of Parma's best kept secrets!
Santa Maria della Steccata on via Garibaldi is also a beautiful church, with frescoes by Parmigianino.
The Camera di San Paolo via Melloni deserves a visit (frescoes by Correggio)
Also check out the Biblioteca Monumentale di San Giovanni.

Museums
Teatro Farnese and Galleria Nazionale, Palazzo della Pilotta
Casa della Musica and especially Casa del Suono, piazzale Salvo D'Acquisto
Glauco Lombardi Museum, personal artifacts belonging to Maria-Luigia (more interesting than it sounds!)
Museo Amedeo Bocchi, via Cairoli, another well kept secret.
Palazzo Pigorini
Palazzo del Governatore
Full list of museums
                                                                     
In the province of Parma:
The territory is rich of castles (Rocca Meli-Luppi in Soragna, Torrechiara, Fontanellato to name a few) and medieval churches (Fidenza, Vicofertile, Berceto). 
Castello di Scipione, Vigoleno and Castell D'Arquato also make for nice day trips.
Visit Salsomaggiore, its turn-of-the-century spas and hotels, its parks.
Fondazione Magnani-Rocca in Mamiano di Traversetolo, a very rich private art collection. Also organizes temporary exhibitions of excellent quality.
Museums of the province.
This website will give you a more exhaustive view of places worth a visit. There's also a facebook page.
The province of Parma also edits a weekly newsletter sent by e-mail.
The region of Emilia-Romagna has a website with current events and useful tourist information. Also on facebook.
                                                  
A few travel ideas (also check out of "Getting Lost In..." page):
- a one day trip: Milano (try: http://milan.angloinfo.com/whatson/), Mantova, Bologna, Cremona, Modena (and the mud volcanoes at Salse di Nirano), Lago di Garda, Verona, Cinque Terre, Portovenere, Castell'Arquato, Certosa di Pavia, Ferrara, Forte dei Marmi,
- a weekend: Firenze, Sienna/San Gimignano, Venezia, Roma, Pisa/Lucca, Genova/Portofino/Santa Margherita Ligure, Ravenna and delta del Po.
Among I Borghi piĆ¹ Belli d'Italia are some of the most beautiful villages of Italy. Around Parma: Castell'Arquato, Bobbio, Vigoleno, Compiano, Sabbioneta.
And many, many more! Tell us about your favourite places!
You can also read the monthly magazine Bell'Italia for ideas (you'll want to go everywhere!).
-Fico outside of Bologna for a total Italiano food experience

For the serious traveller ;)
Touring Club guides translated in English: Guides to Italy, Authentic Italy, Heritage Guides.

Website of Emilia-Romagna (in English).

Lodging: in many regions, agriturismo (B&B) is a great way to enjoy Italian sense of hospitality combined with (usually) pretty and affordable accommodations.
Agriturismo.it
Turismo verde
Agriturist

We can recommed Il Filo di Arianna in Bologna as a good priced B&B by the station.
+(39) 392-2417268, ilfiloarianna@gmail.com



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