Parma imperiale

Parma, a provincial city in the region Emilia Romagna, and its history share many links with Italian colonialism; mostly due to its fellow citizen Vittorio Bottego, one of the best-known Italian explorers in the late 19th century. As in many other Italian cities, its toponymy and its urban layout feature names and symbols linked to the history of colonialism, whose meanings have undergone a process of normalization and neutralization over the decades.

This research is part of Musei Urbani, a project dedicated to the expansion of musealisation and the creation of historical itineraries as alternatives to the dominant narratives of urban space and its history. Find out more about this project on

Streets, squares and buildings whose names are related to colonialism

Statues, monuments, commemorative plaques who are related to colonialism

Institutions that themselves or their predecessors were involved in colonialism

Colonial traces in popular and mass culture


Parma: Sofia Bacchini

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