Reggia

Piazza Garibaldi - 26 - Colorno - PR - 43052
Phone: +39 0521312545 - 313790 Fax: +39 0521521370
Hours:

hours of the guided tours:

December, January and February
weekdays only for groups on reservation
Saturday, Sunday and festivities: 10am, 11am, 3pm, 4pm, 5pm (departure of the last guided tour)

March and November
from Tuesday to Friday: 11am and 3pm
Saturday, Sunday and festivities: 10am, 11am, 3pm, 4pm, 5pm (departure of the last guided tour)
closed on Monday not on a holiday

April, May, September and October
from Monday to Friday: 10am, 11.30am, 3pm, 4.30pm
Saturday: 10am, 11am, 3pm, 4pm, 5pm (departure of the last guided tour)
Sunday and festivities: 10am, 11am, 12pm, 3pm, 4pm, 5pm, 6pm (departure of the last guided tour)

June, July and August
from Tuesday to Friday: 11am and 4pm
Saturdaym Sunday and festivities: 10am, 11am, 3pm, 4pm, 5pm (departure of the last guided tour)
closed on Monday not on a holiday

Prices:

entrance (guided tour included):

full price euros 6,50
concessions euros 5,50
from 7 to 18 years old, over 65, FAI members, Touring Club members (the concession is also for another visitor with the Touring member), Castelli del Ducato di Parma e Piacenza card holders, University students with card, INCHOTELS, Vivicamper, club IREN members
concessions for groups euros 4,50
groups of minimum 15 people on reservation, free for schools
free under 6, disabled with guardian, 1 guardian for each group, 2 teachers every 15 students, press with valid card
Family ticket
2 adults + 1 kid up to 14 years old euros 13,50
2 adults + 2 kids up to 14 years old euros 18,00
2 adults + 3 kids up to 14 years old euros 22,50
the entrance may vary in case of exhibitions or special events
Closed on January 1 and December 25

 

Description:

At the end of 15th century, the Sanseverino family transformed a previous four-sided stronghold on the road leading to Mantua into an aristocratic residence. Here, before she was behaded by the Farnese in 1612, Countess Barbara had created a lively court. Incorporated within the Farnese duchy, the small town experienced its most splendid period and the palace became the summer residence of the dukes of Parma, undergoing changes under Ranuccio II Farnese in 17th century. Between 1712 and 1727, Duke Francesco Farnese commissioned Ferdinando Bibiena to redesign the front parts of the building with four corner towers.

When the court passed under Bourbon rule in the second half of the 18th century, it was divested of its art works by Charles III. Thanks to Philip Bourbon, interior furnishings were added in Louis XV style in the late 18th century and the ducal chapel of San Liborio was built on a design by Ennemond Petitot. After the Unification of Italy, the art collection and palace furnishings were dispersed and many pieces ended up in the royal residences in Turin, Florence and Rome, where they still can be seen in the Quirinale palace and in several museums.

The most interesting rooms are located on the Piano Nobile, added during Bourbon period. Although they were designed for formal ceremonies and in order to entertain visitors, they are small and intimate, following the French style of the period, which is also reflected in the elegant decorations. The rooms are embellished by large marble fireplaces, superb multicolored marquetery floors, tall doors with engraved gilt bronze locks, windows set deep in vaulted recesses, elaborate paneling on the walls and stucco decorations with plant and rocaille motifs on the ceilings and on the cornices over the doors. Works carried out in the park have revived the English garden appearence wanted by Marie Louise in the first twenty years of the 19th century.

The tour includes the Piano Nobile, New Apartment of Duke Ferdinando of Bourbon and Observatory, the Ducal Chapel of San Liborio. The surrounding park, open to visitors, is not included in the guided tour.

It is possible to celebrate your wedding in the Hall of Throne of the Reggia or at the Historical garden.

The Reggia is accessible for visitors with reduced mobility except the Apartment of Duke Ferdinando of Bourbon.
Small animals can be carried only held in arms or in proper carriers.
Pictures can be taken without flash.
It is forbidden to use cameras or videocameras for commercial purpose unless previously authorized; to introduce food or beverages.
Groups of students have to leave their bags and backpacks at the cloakroom or at the reception.

How to get there:

Colorno is located 12 Kms north of Parma. From Parma by car, follow SS 343 diretion north. Bus Tep Parma-Colorno. By train from Parma, railway line Parma-Piadena.

Last update:
22/04/2017