Palazzo della Pilotta

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Palazzo della Pilotta
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Wassenaar, The Netherlands502 contributions
Definitely worth a visit
Sep 2019
This former palace houses several museums and although the building was being renovated during our visit, we were able to see the most part of its beautiful collection. There were unexpected gems to admire and we definitely recommend a visit!
Written 19 July 2020
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Lausanne, Switzerland545 contributions
Hosting important museums and famous Farnese Theatre
Feb 2020 • Couples
Best to go on Saturday morning, when also the Palatina Library and the Bodiano Museum (printing history) are accessible for free. The library, in particular, is quite impressive, with its high walls full of ancient books.
The Galleria Nazionale includes famous paintings mainly of authors born in the region, like Correggio.
The Teatro Farnese, all in wood finely decorated, frescos behind the higher stalls, is breathtaking.
Unfortunately the archaeological museum is currently closed.
Written 16 February 2020
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Nataliia G
Moscow, Russia471 contributions
Главный городской музей - Палаццо Пилотта.
Dec 2019
In its current state, the Palazzo Pilota is a chaotic complex of buildings built at different times, never completed. The complex houses the national gallery, the Archaeological Museum, and the Palatine Library.
Written 22 January 2020
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Reggio Emilia, Italy1,812 contributions
Monumental complex, worth seeing
Jan 2020
Unfinished complex built in the 16th century by the will of the Farnese family. Located in the historic center, with its monumental structure in ancient bricks, overlooks a large open space, redesigned in modern times by Mario Botta.

On the outside, a large basin-fountain which, in the plan, reproduces the outline of a church demolished in the Napoleonic era: trees were planted in place of the old columns.

After climbing the large entrance staircase, the visit begins in a gigantic hall in which the Farnese Theater was rebuilt (after the damage suffered in WW II) the route continues in a complex labyrinth of halls, rooms, passages and walkways on several levels.

The complex houses the National Gallery, the Palatine Library and the Bodonian Museum. The renovation work, designed by Guido Canali, covered the entire route, but the most interesting part is the large reticular structure made of scaffolding pipes, painted in white. This structure supports the gunmetal colored panels on which the exhibited works are hung.

The gallery displays works that were part of the Farnese collection: paintings by various authors: Antelami, Beato Angelico, El Greco, Guercino, Correggio, Tiepolo and Canaletto. The iconic works of the gallery are the Scapigliata (by Leonardo, actually lent to the Louvre Museum) and the Turkish Slave (by Parmigianino).

The statuary of the Farnese collection is instead largely housed in the National Archaeological Museum of Naples.
Entrance fee 10€, closing day on Monday.
Written 19 January 2020
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United Kingdom4,177 contributions
Great Place to Start A Parma Day Trip
May 2019
This is a really good starting point for a day trip to Parma. From the train station, it was about a 15 minute walk. Enter the historic city centre through this Palace and from here, it is very easy to walk between all of the main sights.
The palace contains the National Gallery, Palatina Library, Farnese Theatre and Archaeological Museum. We didn't have enough time on this trip to go into all of these. However it was still worthwhile to stop by the large fortress-like palazzo and spend 15 minutes or so walking under the colossal arches. It’s free to wander through here although an entry fee applies to the other parts.
The palazzo was built by the powerful ruling Farnese family in the 1500s. Alessandro Farnese (Pope Paul III) kick-started the dynasty when he made his illegitimate son, Pier Luigi, the first duke of Parma in 1545. They were definitely an ambitious family. Between them over several generations, they manoeuvred dynastic marriages and produced 7 dukes of Parma, a pope, a cardinal, a queen as well as statesmen and military commanders until the male line finally died out in 1731.
The palazzo was heavily damaged in WWII Allied bombing raids but has been largely rebuilt. You can still see the scars from the war-time battering.
The surrounding grounds were a bit scruffy but they seemed to be working on a terraced area when we were there in May. This looked like it would be a nice addition and a lovely green space when finished.
Written 1 January 2020
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South Lake Tahoe, CA118 contributions
Don't miss!
Oct 2019
Must do in Parma! Teatro Farnese is remarkable for Theatre lovers. You get a real feel for a Castle/Fortress.
Written 11 December 2019
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Brian M
Oxford, UK558 contributions
A monumental building
Aug 2019
This building reminded me of the brutalist architecture that was the vogue two and half centuries later. It is a very large building that also houses the copy of the Teatro Farnese, the National Gallery and a library.
Written 9 November 2019
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Sheffield, UK176 contributions
Well worth a visit -
Nov 2019
The Museum at Palazzo della Pilot houses a very fine collection of early Roman artefacts along with some stunning Egyptian pieces. Free entry on Sundays?
Written 6 November 2019
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Susie B
11 contributions
Flying visit
Oct 2019 • Friends
Fascinating place to visit with interesting history. Centrally located so easy to combine with other cultural places.
Written 1 November 2019
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Michael B
Bellflower, CA17,968 contributions
Know before you go, for the old and infirm, remember these are historical buildings, so there are few elevators or ramps
Nov 2018
The Piazza della Pilotta, who’s name derives from the game of pelota played at one time by Spanish soldiers stationed in Parma, sits in its beautiful grounds on the banks of the River Torrente Parma. It was once the home to the Farnese family from 1583 to 1622, it was badly damaged during WWII, but has been partly rebuilt and now houses the Archeological Museum, a library, the Farnese Theater and the National Gallery. Entry is by walking across its spacious grounds past statues of past hero’s, and down the beautiful brick walkways and arches to the grand entrance, with its octagonal cupola and the first example in Italy of an “Imperial” marble staircase. The ticket office is on the right, and when you buy your ticket, it covers entrance to the National Archaeological Museum, Palatina Library, Teatro Farnese and The National Gallery, you cannot buy individual tickets.
If you don’t book a tour guide then weave your way through the first-floor Archaeological Museum. This was founded in 1790 and although it only has four rooms, they are full of regional artifacts & coins. There is an exhibit of Bronze Age and Iron Age finds, plus various ancient Egyptian mummies etc., and collection of Greek Vases, pottery and a head of the Greek god Zeus. The Roman statues date back to the 1st Roman Emperor and including his wives and family.
Next is the Palatina Library, deep inside the complex, full of famous manuscripts, medieval books, and botanical prints making it one of greatest libraries in Italy. Unfortunately, it only has a small display room, as it’s not a popular place to visit, but if you ask the staff in the library, they are more than willing to explain the library's history and show you some of the beautiful books. Since it was damaged in WWII, the interior has been repaired giving it once again the looks and smells of a hundred years ago. Statues you can see anywhere in Italy, rare books and Manuscripts are not so easy, so make some time to visit.
The Teatro Farnese is a Baroque-style theater built in 1618 by Giovanni Battista Aleotti. For the Duke of Parma and Piacenza Ranuccio I Farnese. It was a huge facility that could hold over 5000 people in circular wooden stalls, the main stage was the first theater in the world to have a Proscenium Arch, and the floor could be flooded to hold mock navel battles. During WWII the theater was almost destroyed by an Allied air raid, it was reconstructed using some of the original wood and re-opened in 2011 with a musical concert conducted by Claudio Abbado. It’s a dark and strange place under the wooden Supports, but there is an odd verity of art artifacts on display there.
The National Gallery was originally established in Renaissance times by the Farnese family and Pope Paul III, with a collection of works by Correggio, Leonardo da Vinci, Tiepolo and many other famous artists. The Di Vinci pencil sketch alone is worth the visit. In 1734 King Charles III of Spain had most of the art works moved to Naples, being returned in 1758 only to be stolen by Napoleon during the French occupation of Parma (1803–1814) Luckily, they were returned to Parma two years later.

TIP: On the first Sunday of the month entry to the complex is free.
Written 18 September 2019
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