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Life in Parma extends beyond munching on strips of salty ham and cheese. The Teatro Regio, Via Garibaldi 16, near Piazza della Pace (tel. 0521-039399), is the site of concerts throughout the year.

If you'd like to sample a glass or two of great wine, head for the bar section of a spot recommended in the "Where to Dine" section, above: the Enoteca Fontana, Strada Farini 24A (tel. 0521-286037).

At Bacco Verde, Via Cavalloti 33 (tel. 0521-230487), sandwiches, glasses of beer, and a wide selection of Italian wines are dispensed in a cramped but convivial setting ringed with antique masonry.

In the mood for dancing? Head for Dadaumpa, Via Emilio Lepido 48 (tel. 0521-483813), a stylish and lighthearted venue for European and New World dance tunes.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.