Planning a Football Trip to Parma? Free guide – where to stay, eat, drink and how to get tickets; to the stadium.
Football Trip to Parma – How to get to Parma & How to get around
Football Trip to Parma – Fly to Parma
You can’t fly directly from the UK to Parma but Bologna Airport is less than 100km away and Milan a little more at £130km
See our guides to Planning a Football Trip to Mila and Bologna to see how to get to those airports.
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Directions from the Airport
From Bologna Airport (via Planning a Football Trip to Bologna)
Bartolini Turismo operates a bus from Bologna Airport (BLQ) to Parma once daily, and the journey takes 1h 37m. Autolinee Gambioli also services this route twice a week. The bus cost between £8 and £15
Alternatively, Aerobus is a shuttle service run by TPER, Bologna’s local transport company, connecting Bologna Airport with the city centre and the railway station. It runs every 11 minutes every day of the year, making it the most convenient way to reach the city centre. Of the 49 trains that leave Bologna for Parma every day 49 travel direct so it’s quite easy to avoid journeys where you’ll have to change along the way. These direct trains cover the 87 km distance in an average of 1h 2m but if you time it right, some trains will get you there in just 51m. The slowest trains will take 1h 18m and usually involve a change or two along the way, but you might be able to save a few pennies if you’re on a budget. Cost approx. 10 Euro
From Milan Airports
Use our Planning a Football Trip to Milan to get to the Central station. The first train for Parma departs at 05:15 and the last train at 23:17. The journey time is approx. 1hr 30min although some trains do the journey in 1hr 10min. There are 21 trains per day. The cost is approximately £15 although you may get a journey for as cheap as £10 if you buy well in advance for a less popular train.
Taxis from the Airport
Expect to pay almost 200 Euros for a Taxi from Milan Airports to Bologna, maybe a bit less from Bologna but it’s an expensive option even if there are 3 of you and can split the fare.
Football Trip to Parma – Travel By Train
Train tickets from London to Parma start at €219.90 one-way for a Standard Class ticket if you book in Advance, however, if you’re booking last-minute tickets on the day, the average price is around €549.74.‡
As a result it’s probably best to plan a train journey to Milan and get a local ticket from there. Train tickets from London to Milan start at €79.50 one-way for a Standard Class ticket if you book in Advance. The average journey time by train between London and Milan is 14 hours and 10 minutes, with around 13 trains per day.
Football Trip to Parma – Travel By Ferry
It takes between 12 and 13 hours to drive to Parma from Calais, but allow more depending on the time of day and the traffic. Book tickets via DFDS Seaways
Football Trip to Parma – Travel Around Parma
The best way to get around the city is on foot or by bike, which is actually the favourite transportation of all Parmesans. The city centre is compact and is full of monuments and other sights to visit and admire.
The local bus transport company is TEP (address and contacts below are referred to this company). In Italy you can buy tickets or passes in all ticket offices, tobacconists and newsstands. There are different tickets to choose from such as single ticket (valid 60 minutes), day ticket, ticket for 8 single rides and different period passes. You can also buy ticket on the bus but for an extra charge and with exact change. Make sure to validate your ticket as soon as you board the bus.
Football Trip to Parma – How to Get to the Match
Football Trip to Parma – The Stadium
Stadio Ennio Tardini, commonly referred to as just Il Tardini, is located near the centre of Parma, between the town centre and the city walls.
The Tardini was the idea of Ennio Tardini, who was a graduate in Law and club president from 1921 to 1923, but although much of his work was political his passion was sport. In January 1922, the authorities in Parma granted Parma F.B.C. a sum of ₤10,000 and Tardini instigated a national competition for the design of the new stadium in February 1922.
Tardini died shortly after work on the stadium started in 1923, but the stadium – originally to be called Stadio Municipale – would be named in his honour. During the 1970s, the capacity of the stadium stood at approximately 20,000. The stadium originally featured a cycle track that was converted into a clay athletics track in 1935, which was in turn built over at the end of the 1980s. A modern floodlight system was also installed by Azienda Elettrica Comunalein 1954. The Tribuna Petitot – the main grandstand – was completely restructured by the municipal authorities between 1985 and 1990 with reinforced concrete, but the club was beginning to outgrow its stadium and external expansion had become impractical as residential buildings occupied the surrounding area.
The stadium has been renovated and expanded many times over the years, In 1997, the stadium was authorised to hold around 28,000 spectators, although there were in fact around 29,200 physical seats. In late August 1997, following the installation of yellow seats, the official capacity of the Stadio Tardini was increased to around 29,000 seats. Again in 1997, next to the Tribuna Petitot further work was completed and underneath the stand, Emporium the club’s own megastore was opened, selling branded products.
Despite the financial misery, the club – now re-formed under the name of Parma F.C. in 2004 – sought to continue to work to its goals and the summer of 2006 saw the upper part of the Tribuna Est removed in preparation for a new grandstand. The tragic death of Parma fan Matteo Bagnaresi led supporters to change the name of the Curva Nord to the Curva Nord Matteo Bagnaresi in his honour. On 31 March 2008, Bagnaresi, a member of Boys Parma 1977, a group of over 100 Parma ultras, was run over on the way to Turin’s Stadio Olimpico by a coach which was carrying the opposition Juventus fans.
Currently the stadium is the nineteenth largest football stadium in Italy and the second largest in Emilia–Romagna with a capacity of 22,352 spectators. The stadium is the sixth oldest Italian football ground still in use.
Football Trip to Parma – Getting to the Stadium
The stadium is in a central location in the city of Parma and is a 30-minute walk along Viale Mentana, then Viale S. Michele before a left at the roundabout onto Viale Partigiani d’Italia. from Parma railway station, which is at the northern edge of the city centre. Alternatively, Buses 8 or 9 can both be taken from the train station to the stadium.
Football Trip to Parma – Getting Tickets
Parma Calcio 1913 tickets for home games are not on sale until at least 10 days before the match in question. Tickets are priced between £15 and £15 for the Curva Nord and £30 to £100 for the more expensive seats.
Ticket for Parma games can be bought online via Listicket, at the ticket windows of Stadio Ennio Tardini from one day before the match, or at any of the Listicket sales outlets in Parma and surroundings, which includes Tabaccheria Paterlini at the Via Garibaldi 27 in central Parma.
Tickets can also be bought on the gate on the day of the match. Parma very rarely sell out.
Football Trip to Parma – Fixtures
When planning your football trip please note that the dates shown represent the weekend that the game is scheduled to take place and games are likely to change through the season and be moved for TV scheduling.
Alternatively you can use the Serie A website.
The schedule for kick-off times in Italy can be found our Planning a Football Trip to Italy page (COMING SOON)
Football Trip to Parma – Where to stay. What to See. Where to Eat. Where to Drink
Football Trip to Parma – Where to stay
Football Trip to Parma – What else to see & do
Baptistery of Parma is a stunning octagonal building in pink marble built between 1196 and 1216. It is one of the symbol of the city, also for its central location right near to the Cathedral of Parma. (Piazza Duomo, Parma) also in the Piazza is Parma cathedral, built in 1074, and it is one of the most beautiful example of Romanesque architecture in Northern Italy. Its magnificent cupola is covered in frescoes by Correggio, a masterpiece that worth a visit on its own. In addition, inside the cathedral you can also admire works of art, frescoes and sculptures made by the most representative artists of the Italian Middle Ages.
Palazzo della Pilotta dates back to the 16th century. The name of the building comes from the ancient game “pelota” often played in the courtyards of the estate. The particular disposition of its corridors forms a sort of fortress with several courtyards and extensions. Today, the palace hosts several museums, among them are National Gallery, the Palatine Library and the Archeological Museum. Inside the building there is also a theatre, and during summer outdoor events are organised in its gardens.
Salsomaggiore Terme –
Enclosed by rolling green hills, this small location near Parma is a well-known destination for thermal tourism. The ideal place when seeking for the ultimate relaxation and getaway from the city stress. Numerous spas are scattered all around the Parmesan countryside where you can pamper yourself with health and beauty treatments.
The Castle of Roccabianca dates back to 1400, it was built on request by Pier Maria Rossi as a gift for his beloved Bianca Pellegrini. The castle has beautiful frescoed decorations, in particular if you are passionate of literature you will love Griselda’s Room with its cycle of paintings inspired by the 100th story of the Decameron. In the castle you will also find the Museum of Distillery, where it is possible to learn something about local spirits, before to taste them.
Teatro Regio is a Neo-Classical theatre, commissioned by the Dutchess Maria Luigia. Today it is regarded one of the most important Opera Houses in Italy, not only for its history, but also for its fervent contemporary activity, which includes operas, ballet, concerts and exhibitions of various kind.
Football Trip to Parma – Where to Drink
Vecchie Maniere Birreria Parmigiana: A REAL PUB IN THE HEART OF PARMA: QUALITY ITALIAN CRAFT BEER AND TASTY FOOD. (Borgo Pietrantonio Bernabei, 40)
Bastian Contrario: Craft Beer Alive and Well in Parma (Str. Giovanni Inzani, 34/A)
Birrificio Gregorio – A micro brewery about 10 min walk from Parma train station. (Via Reggio, 14)
Birreria Underground. (Via Farnese N 2) One of the best if not the best historical pub in Parma.
Dubh Linn (Borgo del Correggio, 1) Irish Pub
Football Trip to Parma – Where to Eat
From meat to cheese, the food in Parma Italy is legendary.
Prosciutto di Parma, or more generally, Parma ham, has been around since Roman times.
Culatello is often referred to as the King of Salumi.
Coppa is a pork-neck salami. There are two types of coppa found in Emilia Romagna. The first is Coppa Piacentina DOP, from Piacenza, which is northwest of Parma. The second is Coppa di Parma IGP.
Try to find tortelli, which is like a large tortellini and sometimes looks like a ravioli due to its size. It is often stuffed with cheese and spinach (called tortelli d’erbetta) or with pumpkin in the fall.
Anolini is another small filled pasta shape. It’s often stuffed with ground beef or pork, Grana Padano cheese, and nutmeg. During the winter months, look for anolini brodo, where the pasta is served in a broth.
Il Trovatore has earned a reputation for using only the finest local ingredients and flavors in its dishes, such as fresh local parmigiano-reggiano and prosciutto. Their prices are affordable and their quaint dining room only seats 50 people so there is a great ambience. Try the risotto alla zucca e pancetta croccante; the cheese tasting menu and desserts are also especially popular. (Via Ireneo Affò, 2/a)
Angiol d’Or offers elegant outdoor seating for warm nights. Their menu showcases the best of Parma’s regional cuisine and specializes in the area’s famous pork dishes, such as tortellini with spalla cotta and Parma ham. Their staff are inviting and helpful, but be sure to make a reservation as seats here fill up quickly. (Via Scutellari, 1,)
Osteria del 36 is a fabulous find, with an attentive staff, an extensive menu of local specialties (a highlight is the tortellini di nocciola), and affordable pricing.
Osteria dello Zingaro is a great place for rustic regional dining, serving local favorites and delicacies, including unusual plates like grilled horse and tripe alla parmigiana. (Borgo Correggio, 5/B)
Pepen – make the most famous and the best sandwiches in Parma! Their special sandwich is undoubtedly the Spaccaballe Roast(roast pork, mayonnaise, ketchup, lettuce, tomatoes, chili and of course bread), much loved by tourists and local residents alike. (Borgo Sant’ambrogio, 2)
La Fochetta – In the heart of Parma, in one of the most ancient buildings of the city close to Piazza del Duomo, you will find La Forchetta, offering quality, elegance and classic local dishes, all of which are the characteristics of this excellent eatery. (Borgo S. Biagio, 6)
Trattoria Corrieri – The Trattoria owes its name to the “couriers” who stopped here frequently even back in Napoleon’s time in 1800. It is very comfortable and cozy with fairly affordable prices and exclusively local food.(Strada Conservatorio, 1)