Parma, a lovely place to live




Busy but not chaotic, tidy but not boring, Parma is beautiful and efficient. With its about 200 000 inhabitants it is a medium-sized city, where riding a bike is the ideal way to move around.

The peaceful countryside is enclosed by the fascinating Po valley to the north and the woods of the Apennines to the South, while the Ligurian sea is only an hour drive away.

Parma has high quality of life, thanks to the University, which has an active role in the city, the florid economic activities, especially the food industry and the typical pleasure for life of the inhabitants of Emilia Romagna. From 2003, Parma has been the location of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). In 2015, Parma obtained the UNESCO label of “Creative City of Gastronomy”.





Culture and leisure




Parma offers a wide range of cultural and entertainment opportunities, all year round: theatrical performances, food events, concerts, exhibition and much more. To know what’s on in Parma, visit the website

Parma has been “Capital of Culture” in 2020 and 2021 and is home to important museums, palaces, churches and historical monuments  (the Ducal Palace, the Cathedral and Baptistery, Stuard Gallery, il Teatro Regio opera house, Teatro Farnese, just to mention a few).

The official tourist information site provides a full list and plenty of information.

Parma also offers a large number of pubsbars with live music, restaurants and discos to enjoy some time with friends.



The University of Parma provides many opportunities for physical activity through CUS (University Sports Centre), which manages the sport facilities, amateur and competitive sports activities and offers sports services to the students of the University of Parma. For further information, visit the websites: and




Parma also offers many volunteer opportunities to people wishing to spend their free time helping others. The City of Parma’s association list and Forum Solidarietà are  reference points.


How to reach Parma

Reaching Parma is really easy thanks to railways, motorways and airports, which connect Parma to the main European cities.




Autostrada del Sole (A1) “Parma” exit Autostrada Parma/La Spezia (A15) “Parma Ovest” exit.



The nearest international airports are Bologna, Genoa, Milan Malpensa, Milan Linate, Bergamo – Orio al Serio and Verona.



Parma is located:

120 km from Milan

100 km from Bologna

190 km from Florence

250 km from Venice

460 km from Rome


Move around the city

Moving around the city is simple, thanks to the dense transport network. The City of Parma has recently provided new and up-to-date, eco-frinedly services: Bike Sharing (to rent bikes and leave them in different locations around the city) or Car Sharing (the same solution involving car renting).


For further information on life in Parma, please visit the website: