A jury "unanimously" picked Parma over nine other Italian cities, Culture Minister Dario Franceschini announced on Friday, beating Agrigento, Bitonto, Casale Monferrato, Macerata, Merano, Nuoro, Piacenza, Reggio Emilia and Treviso. Parma takes over the title from Italy's 2018 Capital of Culture, Palermo, and the 2019 European Capital of Culture, Ma...

Cibus is coming back: the most relevant food Italian fair will be held in the city of Parma from 7th to 10th May, 2018. More than 3,000 exhibiting companies and a growing number of Italian and international buyers are expected in Parma.  The most innovative products will be displayed in a new dedicated area, the incoming programme for foreign buyer...

February 11. 5:00 pm. Cost: Free. Dorothea’s House - 120 John Street, Princeton, NJ, 08542. http://www.dorotheashouse.org/events.html Film-maker August Ventura will share some extraordinary findings that have surfaced during research for his film project on Parma’s unique brand of Verdi-mania, including abundant rehearsal and performance footage, s...

Tuesday, February 27, 2018 | 18:30. Italian Cultural Institute, 601 Van Ness Ave, Suite F (Opera Plaza), San Francisco (CA). Free admission | RSVP. The Verdi Festival is the first international festival dedicated exclusively to the study and production of the operas of Giuseppe Verdi, the most represented composer and celebrated ambassador of the I...

In his property in Fontanellato, Parma, the art publisher and collector Franco Maria Ricci has planted the largest maze in the world, all made with bamboo plants. Its plant has the shape of an 8-pointed star, inspired by Roman mosaics; it occupies about 8 hectares of land and stretches for 3 kilometres; it is made up of more than 120 thousand plant...

Barilla was founded in Parma in 1877 and, since then, it has always been Italian to the core. Barilla is Italian in its close relationship with its land, in its continuous quest for innovation in technologies, processes and products. And it is profoundly Italian in the entrepreneurial spirit that has led it to become the world's largest pasta manuf...

Italy’s Parmigiano Reggiano Consortium is investing €1.2 million to increase sales in the US market by 10% in 2017. Last year, the US was the top foreign market for the Consortium. Actions will also be taken against imitation and 'Italian sounding' products, which deceive 67% of American consumers by using the Italian flag or other Italian symbols...

I'm standing at a large wooden barrel in front of a rustic outdoor bar with a huge platter of cured meat and cheese balanced on top of it. As slice after slice of the finest Parma ham melts like butter in my mouth, I’m enveloped by the buzz coming from so many others doing the same thing under the welcoming heaters. After cleansing the intense flav...

The air in the hills of Parma is fragrant: once the sea breeze from the Versilia coast has acquired the aroma of the pine trees, it is scoured by the karst Cisa mountains, losing all its saltiness, and finally wafts over scented chestnut groves. It is therefore a dry air, ideal for the curing process. An essential condition for obtaining Prosciutto...

Hate to break it to you, but you aren't the only one who's noticed that flights to Italy are almost cheaper than flights across the US right now. Don't not go -- go! -- but understand that top dogs like Rome, Venice, and Florence will be even more zoo-like than in years past. Bucket list cities the lot of them, but Italy's unforgettable food, favor...