Parma (river)

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River Parma
Parma: Lungoparma
Course of the Parma
Country Italy
Main source Tuscan-Emilian Apennines, Monte Marmagna
about 1,852 m (6,076 ft)
River mouth Po near Mezzani (PR)
Basin size 796 km2 (307 sq mi)
Physical characteristics
Length 92 km (57 mi)
  • Average rate:
    mean 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

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.


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 names[edit]

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