The Scientific Committee for the candidature of Parma as Italian Capital of Culture for 2020

Bernardo Bertolucci


He is one of the most important film directors in the world, winner of all major international awards, an author whose works inspired generations of filmmakers.

Giulia Ghiretti

Olympic swimmer

She won the gold medal at the Paralympic World Cup 2017 in Mexico City, for the 100m breaststroke, the silver medal for the 4x50 freestyle and the bronze medal for the 50m butterfly.

Anna Pirozzi


She works with the most renowned conductors in the world, including Riccardo Muti and Zubin Mehta. She is the most electrifying coloratura dramatic soprano of her generation.

Elisabetta Pozzi

Cinema and theatre actress

Among the top Italian actors, for many years a point of reference for Parma’s theatre system. She has received important awards including: the Duse’s, Ubu’s, David di Donatello’s and Theatre Critics Association Award. Photo © Photomovie/Gm Chieregato

Franco Maria Ricci

Publisher, designer, collector

He founded FMR publishing house in 1965. In 2015, he opened to the public the Labyrinth della Masone in Fontanellato, an emblematic building inspired by his meeting with Jorge Luis Borges. Foto © Yann Monel

Giacomo Rizzolatti


One of the greatest neuroscientists of our time, at the University of Parma he discovered the mirror neurons; he is the winner of several international awards for his research, including the Brain Prize.

Massimo Spigaroli


Renowned in Italy and abroad, he works at the "Cavallino Bianco” restaurant and since September 2009 he manages the restaurant at the Relais Antica Corte Pallavicina, which has been awarded the first Michelin star.