Trade fairs and Congresses' Parma

  • Quartiere fieristico di Parma

Parma Incoming gathers excellent accommodation facilities, important congress centres, such as Palacassa and Auditorium Paganini (the latter being designed by Renzo Piano), beauty centres, transport companies, tourist guide associations, restaurants and prestigious locations for gala dinners and exclusive events. Destination Management Company and Tour Operator deals with the organization of congresses, conventions, meetings and incentives for 25 to 5000 people, and provides dedicated support for the organization of events in Parma and its province. 


Palacassa - Exhibition Centre

9.000 seats

Palacassa, that extends over a total surface area of 18.000 m² and gathers up to 9.000 seats (5.000 in the plenary room), 12.000 standing rooms, 7 modular conference rooms (140 to 900 seats), state-of-theart equipment and modern audio-visual technology, is one of the largest venues of its kind in Europe. This prestigious location is complemented by box office, welcome area, self-service restaurant and large car park. This multi-purpose, elegant building is the ideal place to arrange congresses, meetings, conventions, sporting events, concerts, lyrical performances, gala dinners, music shows, cultural representations and plenty of further exclusive events that require excellent audio-visual technologies.

Parma Congress Centre

1.600 seats

Culture and technology merge in pleasant harmony at this prestigious conference venue. 2 out of its 4 rooms can accommodate up to 150 people, while the remaining rooms are modular spaces that can even accommodate 200/250 people. They gather wide exhibition areas provided with state-of-the-art equipment and audio-visual technology.

Sala ipogea

420 seats

In the autumn 2011, the complex was enlarged and a new underground space was inaugurated, the so-called Sala Ipogea. Connected with Auditorium Paganini and the halls of the Congress Centre, it can accommodate up to 420 people. This unusual conference room, that is easily accessible through dedicated lifts and staircases, can also be reached by means of a splendid open-air staircase that overlooks a beautiful secret garden. A large side window gives people the possibility to enjoy breathtaking views over the park that surrounds the whole complex.

Royal Theatre and ridotto

1.200 seats + 200 seats

Parma's Royal Theatre, that is idyllically set just in the heart of the city centre, is one of the most prestigious lyric theatres in Italy, and it is often the venue for important opera performances, concerts and ballets. Its sumptuously decorated rooms and halls, that were embellished by Paolo Toschi and Gian Battista Borghesi, are often the venue for important congresses and conventions, and also host prestigious gala dinners and events. The main room can accommodate up to 1200 people, while the smaller Sala del Ridotto, that is traditionally used to arrange meetings, concerts and special gala dinners, can accommodate up to 200 people.

Auditorium Paganini

780 seats

Auditorium Paganini was built over the remains of the former Eridania sugar refinery, that was built in 1899 and subsequently closed in 1968. Designed by the acclaimed international architect Renzo Piano, it was part of the most important urban requalification project involving that part of the city. The building is made up of a plenary room that can accommodate 780 people, a foyer, several dressing rooms, a bar, some offices, a cloakroom and a control room, and it is provided with sophisticated equipment and stateof- the-art audiovisual technology. The two façades of the former factory were demolished to create a kind of a telescope: The large windows that surround the foyer and the music room make the outer park the natural setting of this glorious stage. The car park can accommodate up to 200 cars.

The conference offer is complemented by the Congress Centre of the Chamber of Commerce (up to 500 seats), the local Circolo di lettura (Reading Club) (300 seats), Casa della Musica (House of Music) (up to 250 seats), Castello di Felino (Felino Castle) (up to 300 seats), Salsomaggiore Congress Centre (700 seats) and the 55 rooms of Parma's hotels, that can accommodate 15 to 600 people.



AC Staff
AC Staff

The texts are taken from the guide Art Cities in Emilia Romagna


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