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Parma is located in a region called Emilia-Romagna, in northern Italy and can be easily reached in several ways. 
Airplanes and Airports
Parma does have a small international airport ( with low-cost daily Ryanair fights to and from London Stansted (2h flight). 
The airport of Milan Malpensa and Milan Linate are, respectively, 170 (2h driving) and 120 km (1h15 driving) away from Parma.
Bologna airport “Guglielmo Marconi” is 100 km from Parma (1h driving).
The airports of Milan and Bologna have daily flights to and from the main European cities. 
Recommended Airports to Fly Into From Abroad: 
Rome (FCO, CIA);
Milan Linate (LIN) -- only 120 km (1h15 driving) away from Parma; 
Milan Malpensa (MXP) -- only 170km (2h driving) away from Parma;
Bergamo (sometimes called Milan Orio al Serio) (BGY);
Bologna (BLQ) -- 100 km from Parma (1h driving);
Forlì (FRL);
Parma (PMF);
Pisa (PSA). 
Airlines for Travelling from European airports to Italy and in Italy:
Ryanair: (has a direct flight to Parma from London-Stansted)
European Low-cost airlines:
Cimber Sterling:
From the USA
Attendees coming from the US should compare flights from USA to Milan or Rome vs. flights that land in big European airports: London, Madrid, Frankfurt, Paris and Amsterdam. From there take a low cost flight (they're very cheap if bought in advance). Low cost companies are: Ryanair, EasyJet, Windjet.
Low cost companies put limits on baggage (much stricter rules for weight, size, and number of bags than are common in the US airlines) so make sure that you know what to expect and are comfortable with their rules before buying the tickets
Parma is connected to all the Italian cities by train. When landing in Italy it is better to take a train to Parma rather than looking for an internal flight. Less expensive and quicker. 
Train tickets, if bought on Trenitalia website ( are discounted up to 50% until one month before departure. High-speed trains operate on the Milan-Bologna route. Parma is 90 km from Bologna (1h by train) and 110 km from Milan (1h15 minutes by train).
This is another extremely useful site for finding all of the trains/schedules/fares for travel within Italy:
Other Information
The highway A1 (Autostrada del Sole) links Parma to Milan and to Bologna, Florence and Rome. 
The highway A15 connects Parma with La Spezia (and other sea resorts on the beautiful Tyrrhenian Sea on Italy west coast like Viareggio and La Spezia and Cinque Terre – Lerici, Porto Venere, Monterosso, etc.).
The Adriatic sea (east coast) and other touristic resorts like Rimini and Riccione are only a two hour drive.
Parma is only 1h 20 driving distance from Milan, 2h from Florence, 1h from Bologna, less than 3h from Venice, 4h from Rome.