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Parma and the beautiful Colorno Palace: aristocratic charming in 400 rooms

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b2ap3_thumbnail_IMG_4634.JPGDear friends, welcome to My Own Italy, to discover Italy with my personal touch!

Our travel today is to Parma.

Situated in the middle of Emilia Romagna, we are going to visit the magnificent noble residence now admitted to  visitators: the Reggia di Colorno.

 

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When you arrive to Colorno, you can admire the big square just in front of the entrance of Ducal Palace where you can also take a rest looking the river just outside the Palace.

 

 

b2ap3_thumbnail_IMG_4624.JPGAfter the entrance, you can see the wonderful park, with a mix of French- and Italian-style landscape garden, which was further modified by Duchess Marie Louise.

Damaged during World War II, it has been recently returned to its antique splendour by a restoration.

The palace, at the beginning a medieval castle, was completely restored by Barbara Sanseverino, who trasformed it in a palace and made it a noble court with important paintings by Tiziano, Correggio, Mantegna e Raffaello.

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After the beheading of Barbara Sanseverino, the  Colorno Palace abecame a property of Farnese family

The palace was the home of the defunct Enrichetta d'Este, widow of Antonio Farnese, Duke of Parma.

 

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In 1749 Duke Philip Borbone, dediced to dedicat the palace to his wife Luisa Elisabetta, daugher of Louis XV.

So the palace was restored according to a typical  french style

 

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The Big Hall is the biggest room of the Colorno Palace.

We can still admire ythe wonderful fireplace.

 

b2ap3_thumbnail_IMG_4692.JPG You must admire the beautiful floors with pink marble still original and wonderful frescoes on the ceilings.

After Philip, the palace passed to Ferdinand of Borbone and to his wife Maria Amalia. Ferdinand, very religious man, rebuilt the oratory of the court and the adjacent Dominican convent directly connected to his private apartment by a narrow corridor.

 

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Highly educated man, he wanted in his private apartment a library with more than 6000 volumes, and a beautiful astronomical observatory.
When Ferdinand died, the Duchy of Parma was annexed to France by Napoleon.

In 1807 Napoleon declared the palace "Imperial Palace" initiating new renovations, and he assigned it to his wife Marie Louise of Austria.

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Maria Louise made it one of his favorite residences and added the large French style garden.

After the unification of Italy, the building was sold by the Savoy to Italy, and in 1870 it was bought by the province of Parma.

 

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Almost all the furnishings of the palace furniture was moved in the palaces of the Savoy, including the Quirinale in Rome, Palazzo Pitti in Florence, the Royal Palace in Turin and the Palazzina di caccia di Stupinigi.

After the acquisition by the province, the building was used as a Psychiatric Hospital destroying the court theater, to increase the number of rooms.

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Fortunately, the most important rooms of the palace artistically could largely be saved as granted in use as a residence for the employees of the hospital.

in 1999. On December 23, the Palazzo Ducale was renamed in the Ducal Palace of Colorno.

 

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An incredible and unique experience you can't miss during your holiday in Italy.

Leisure me: this is my tourism!

 

 

 

Blog posted from Comune di Colorno, Via Camillo Benso Conte di Cavour, 9, 43052 Colorno PR, Italia View larger map
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