Exhibitions and Fairs in Parma

The city of Parma, 187 000 inhabitants, has a highly developed economy based on agriculture and livestock, that is well represented by the events held at Parma Exhibition Center - Fiere di Parma. In Parma, the bond between the city and its fair is very tight: the main event of the Parma Trade Fair is, in fact, Cibus, the international food industry exhibition.

The Agro-food industry (here are based Barilla and Parmalat) is supported by a thriving industry producing mechanical equipment for the processing of agricultural products and livestock raising. The cultural and business tourism in the city conveys approximately 500 000 people per year. Near Parma there are some of Italy's major spa resorts, as Salsomaggiore Terme, Tabiano Terme and Monticelli Terme.

How to get to Parma

Parma is located on the A1 motorway Milano-Bologna and the A15 motorway Parma-La Spezia (aka La Cisa). To get to the centre, take the tollbooths exits Parma (A1) and Parma-Ovest (A15). To reach Parma Exhibition Center, ​​a new road has been recently opened, connecting the A1 motorway directly with the fairgrounds. The central station of Parma, in Piazzale Carlo Alberto Dalla Chiesa, is on the railway line Milano-Bologna, and a ten minute bus ride from the Fair. Giuseppe Verdi Airport, in the district Fognano, and just 5 km away from the city centre, is connected to the Fairgrounds by shuttle bus.

Where to stay in Parma

There are about sixty hotels in Parma available to both tourists and businessmen. Near the fairgrounds, there are many 3 and 4 star hotels providing services and amenities suitable for business travelers. Hotels in Parma city centre are housed either in newly built structures, or old buildings that retain the charm of history and culture. Approximately one third of the 500 thousand visitors per year, is made up of foreigners, mainly French, British, German and U.S travelers.

Parma shopping venues

Parma is a beautiful city rich in history and culture, where it's a pleasure to walk around ... especially for the presence of many food and wine shops, and restaurants. The legendary Parma Ham (to be strictly coupled with the typical “torta fritta”) and Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese are famous all over the world: Parma, and its province, are known as Europe's Food Valley. For other kinds of shopping, head towards the historical centre, between Via Cavour and Piazza Garibaldi, where you will find the most prestigious clothing stores. Parma also boasts the presence of large pedestrian areas: that between Strada della Repubblica and Via Farini offers plenty of shopping opportunities without being disturbed by cars. The area of antique shops is around Borgo Tommasini and via Nazario Sauro, but not to be missed are also the weekly markets held in piazza Ghiaia and piazzale della Pilotta, and that dedicated to collectibles held in Via D'Azeglio.

Parma hot spots for the after-trade show

The nightlife is particularly lively in Parma, thanks to the presence of many university students and tourists throughout the year. Sipping Lambrusco and Malvasia at dinner or during Happy Hour, is one of the sought after things by young people, tourists and night owls that can be found in Via D'Azeglio, Via Farini and Via Torelli (even if residents have won their battle against noise by obtaining noise and time limits for revellers). But for business travelers, perhaps relax is more appropriate after a hard day spent at the Fair. Parma, indeed, is a spa area too: a few kilometers away, in the same province, you can reach the spas of Salsomaggiore, Tabiano and Monticelli.


Cars, flights and hotels


Airports, fairgrounds, car rentals and hotels in Parma

Appartamento Moletolo 169

Via Moletolo, 169

Hotel City Parma
4 star hotel

Strada Del Cornocchio 55

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