Palazzo Della Pilotta
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Palazzo Della Pilotta, Parma

An Amazing Building – Palazzo Della Pilotta

Within the Palazzo Della Pilotta is the National Gallery, the Palatine Library, the Museum Bodoni, the Archaeological Museum, and the Teatro Farnese.


Teatro Farnese

On the first floor of the Pilotta, a massive wooden door painted with faux marble marks the entrance to the Teatro Farnese (Farnese Theatre), which occupies a large room originally intended as an armory. This wooden masterpiece was later transformed into a theater between 1617 and 1618 by architect Giovan Battista Aleotti.  This room is massive and is made solely of wood. This room is simply stunning.


Front stage area


The back

The back of the theater


along the sides

Along the sides of the theater


behind the stairs; underneath. Amazing structure

Behind the stairs; underneath. Amazing structure!!


Museo Archeologico

Founded in 1760 by Don Philip, Duke of Parma to coincide with the start of excavation of the ancient Roman town of Veleia, it was the first example in northern Italy of an institution that was involved in archaeological work. The Doge’s antiquities museum, (the National Archaeological Museum of Parma), was later extended to contain materials and artifacts found in the Parma area. 

National Gallery

The collections here currently include works by Alessandro Araldi, Correggia, Parmigianino, Tintoretta, Annibale and Lodovico Caracci, Lanfranco, Canaletto, and Da Vinci.






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