Relocating to Parma: 6 things you should know if you are considering moving to this city

things to consider if you would like to relocte to parma
Are you thinking about relocating to Italy and looking for a small and peaceful town? Read our complete guide and find out why Parma could be the perfect match for you.

Parma is located in the western part of Emilia-Romagna and it is a small city of approximately 195.000 inhabitants. Famous worldwide for its gastronomy and for being the capital of Parmigiano and Prosciutto, it was also the Italian capital of culture 2020+21.

Table of contents

    1. Entering Italy from abroad
    2. Where to live in Parma
    3. Healthcare assistance in Parma
    4. The capital of the Food Valley
    5. Not only food
    6. Transportation and connections
    7. Get a quotation from our Experts

1. Entering Italy from abroad

The immigration process is different for EU and extra-EU nationals. If you are an extra-EU citizen, you will need a visa to enter the country. There are different types of visas depending on your needs. After entering Italy, you will be required to register your presence at Questura di Parma.

Instead, if you are an EU citizen to enter the country you will only need your ID or passport but you are also required to obtain the fiscal code.

Both EU and Extra-EU citizens who are planning to live in Italy permanently need to enrol at Parma Town Hall.

2. Where to live in Parma

The second step in your relocation process is finding the perfect home. We know that the choice is not easy, as there are many factors to consider. The following are some of our best suggestions:

  • Oltretorrente: this is the University district, conveniently located near the historic centre. It is a nice neighbourhood full of shops and bars.
  • San Lazzaro: this is the residential district, located in the eastern part of Parma and not far from the city centre. It is a peaceful area, which makes it the perfect neighbourhood for families.
  • Cittadella: this is an exclusive and wealthy district, located south of the city centre. In this neighbourhood, you can find many green areas and there is also the Tardini Stadium, the home of the local football team.

3. Healthcare assistance in Parma

Emilia-Romagna’s public health system is one of the best in Italy and provides very efficient services to its citizens.

Foreign nationals legally residing in Italy have the right to be enrolled to the National Health System to be assisted by a family doctor or paediatrician.

4. The capital of the Food Valley

Parma is the gastronomic centre of the “Italian Food Valley”, an area which also includes the provinces of Modena and Reggio Emilia and that owes its name to the great number of PDO and PGI products, such as Parmigiano Reggiano and Coppa which are characteristic of these territories.

Thanks to its culinary tradition, in 2015 Parma received the recognition of “UNESCO Creative City for Gastronomy”, which is obtained by those cities that demonstrate a strong relationship with gastronomy.

5. Not only food

Besides food, Parma is also famous for “Festival Verdi”, which is held every year in October. This is a festival dedicated to opera and to the composer Giuseppe Verdi, who was born in Busseto, a city near Parma.

Moreover, in 2020 and 2021 Parma was the Italian capital of culture and therefore there is no shortage of cultural activities. For example, there are various museums which present art collections and historical artefacts, as well as displays dedicated to food.

Last but not least, Parma hosts one of the most ancient universities in the world, the University of Parma.

6. Transportations and connections

Right outside the city, there is the Parma airport which, from March to October, is connected to some Italian cities (Cagliari, Catania, Trapani), the isle of Lampedusa and to Malta and Chişinău. For all the other destinations, there is the airport G. Marconi Bologna BLQ, located in Bologna, only one hour driving from Parma.

Parma is also well connected with the main Italian highways (A22, A14, A1…) that will enable you to easily reach some of Italy’s most attractive cities, such as Florence or Verona; the Riviera for your summer holidays, or the UNESCO world-heritage Dolomiti for your winter fun.

If, instead, you prefer travelling by train, in Parma there is also a railway station, with daily trains to both the North and the South of Italy.

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