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Palazzo Della Pilotta, Parma

An Amazing Building – Palazzo Della Pilotta

Within the beautiful Palazzo Della Pilotta in Parma, Italy you will actually find four museums. They are The National Gallery, Palatine Library, Museum Bodoni, Archaeological Museum, and the Teatro Farnese. As a result of the number of museums, it is worth your time to allow a few hours to enjoy them all. Our photos really don’t do it justice, truly.

 

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While staying in Parma for 90-days, we actually visited the Palazzo twice. This building was centrally located in Parma and there is so much going on around it. There is a weekly market, flea market as we would call it in the United States, with various items for sale and some days the market is filled with fresh produce and cheeses. There are places to sit and just enjoy the surroundings and especially on the weekend, you can always find families with their blankets enjoying the sun and green grass around the Palazzo. Kids are playing ball or chasing each other around playing perhaps “tag”. You would never realize that there is such history a few feet away.


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Teatro Farnese

On the first floor of the Pilotta is the entrance to the Teatro Farnese (Farnese Theatre). It occupies a large room that was 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, made solely of wood, and is simply stunning! On May 13, 1944, a terrible bombing destroyed a large part of the west and south wings, including the Teatro Farnese, which were rebuilt in the years immediately following the end of the war.

 

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Front stage area

 

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The back of the theater

 

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Along the sides of the theater

 

behind the stairs; underneath. Amazing structure

Behind the stairs; underneath. Amazing structure!!

 

Museo Archeologico

This museum was founded in 1760 by Don Philip, Duke of Parma. It was extended in later years to contain materials and artifacts found in the Parma area. 

 

National Gallery

The art collections currently include works by Alessandro Araldi, Correggia, Parmigianino, Lanfranco, Canaletto, and Da Vinci. Here are some of the highlights of the art we were able to see in the Gallery:

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beautiful alter board

If you are in Parma, Italy this Palazzo is a great place to visit. The theater is made of wood and awesome. ouritalianjourney.com https://ouritalianjourney.com/palazzo-della-pilotta-parma

paintings are incredible!

If you are in Parma, Italy this Palazzo is a great place to visit. The theater is made of wood and awesome. ouritalianjourney.com https://ouritalianjourney.com/palazzo-della-pilotta-parma

I can feel the emotion of this painting!

 



 

In conclusion, the price of admission covers all of these museums and is really a good deal for the money. If you get to visit yourself, let us know what you think of the Palazzo Della Pilotta!

 

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Editor’s Note: This article was originally published in August 2016 and was updated in April 2019 for accuracy and additional information.


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4 Comments

  • Reply Kathy Gabriele May 9, 2019 at 10:45 am

    Well, I am beginning to rethink staying in Florence and perhaps stay in Parma and then do a day trip to Florence. So many wonderful choices. Thanks for the update. Will start some research on places to stay and hope you can add another couple. Also what is the closes airport to Parma. Always looking for direct flights if possible. . Thank you for sharing your journey with us.
    Ciao Kathy

    • Reply imodica May 9, 2019 at 12:55 pm

      Thank you, Kathy, for the comment! The closest airport to Parma is Bologna. Another option (likely cheaper) would be Milan and both choices you could take the train into Parma. Parma is a great “home base” situated on a great train line for exploring the Emilia Romagna region. We visited so many towns up and down this train line that made exploring easy and affordable. Hope that helps you. Please keep in touch!!!

  • Reply Nancy Petralia May 14, 2019 at 7:10 am

    No photo of my favorite painting from there. Correggio’s Martyrdom of the Three Saints. I spent time with it every visit to the museum.

    • Reply imodica May 16, 2019 at 11:52 am

      It is a beautiful painting, Nancy. I agree!!!

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