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The Parma River is a large stream, 92 kilometres (57 mi) long, that begins in the Tuscan-Emilian Apennine mountains and flows in Parma valley.

River Parma
Parma: Lungoparma
Course of the Parma
Physical characteristics
 ⁃ locationTuscan-Emilian Apennines, Monte Marmagna
 ⁃ elevationabout 1,852 m (6,076 ft)
 ⁃ location
Po near Mezzani (PR)
Length92 km (57 mi)
Basin size796 km2 (307 sq mi)
 ⁃ averagemean value 11.3 m3/s (400 cu ft/s) at mouth, up to 1,000 m3/s (35,000 cu ft/s) in full flood


It begins from the lake Lago Santo parmense (outflow called Parma di Lago Santo) and small lakes Gemio and Scuro (outflow called Parma di Badignana). After only 4 kilometres (2.5 mi) Parma di Lago Santo meets Parma di Badignana and then the river take the name of Parma. It flows through the Province of Parma into Parma, dividing the city in two, and then continues to the Po.

Local namesEdit

The Parma Voladora (local name for when the river is in full flood) on 11 November 2012
  • Lungoparma is the local name for the urban area of the city of Parma along the river.
  • la Parma is the way parmesans call the stream and its bed (to not to be confused with il Parma, the local name for the Parma F.C.)
  • la Parma voladora indicates the Parma stream in full flood.


  • Information for this article was taken from the Italian and French versions.

Coordinates: 44°56′06″N 10°26′28″E / 44.93500°N 10.44111°E / 44.93500; 10.44111