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Italian comune
Official nameComune di Parma
ProvinceParma (PR)
MayorPietro Vignali
Total Area100.7 sq mi (260.77 km2)
Total Population187214 (28 February 2011)
DemonymParmigiani (Pram'zan) (Parmensi (Arijoz) are
called the province's inhabitants)
Elevation180.4 ft (55 m)
Patron saintSant'Ilario di Poitiers, Sant'Onorato, San Rocco
Saint dayJanuary 13
Area code0521

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Parma ( ) is a city in the Italian region of Emilia-Romagna famous for its ham, its cheese, its architecture and the fine countryside around it. This is the home of the University of Parma, one of the oldest universities in the world.

Parma is divided into two parts by the little stream with the same name. Parma's Etruscan name was adapted by Romans to describe the round shield called Parma.

The Italian poet Attilio Bertolucci (born in a hamlet in the countryside) wrote: "As a capital city it had to have a river. As a little capital it received a stream, which is often dry". The district on the far side of the river is Oltretorrente.

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