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Reggia di Colorno (Ducal Palace)

About Reggia di Colorno

Basic Information:


Reggia di Colorno is located in the north of the province of Parma, Emilia Romagna. The castle is well know also as Palazzo Ducale (The Ducal Palace) was built by Francesco Farnese - The Duke of Parma in the early 18th century on the remains of a former castle by Azzo da Correggio as a defense of the Po River. It belonged to the Correggio and Terzi families and in the 16th -17th centuries it was restored by countess Barbara Sanseverino who desired a true palace for her court and to house her prestigious collection of works by painters such as Raphael, Titian, Mantegna and Correggio.

Later the castle was acquired by the Farnese of Parma. Ranuccio II and his wife Margherita Violante began a complete reconstruction that was completed under their son Francesco and the architect Ferdinando Bibbiena. Then the palace was the home of the defunct Enrichetta d'Este, a widow of Antonio Farnese - the Duke of Parma.

In the 18th century the Duke Filippo di Borbone commissioned the restructure of the castle by the French architect Ennemond Alexandre Petitot and tried to emulate in the interior the decor of the Palace of Versailles. Philip was married to Princess Louise Elisabeth of France, who was the eldest daughter of Louis XV of France.

On November 28, 1807 Napoleon declared the castle "Imperial Castle" and new restoration works were started. After the Congress of Vienna, the property went to wife of Napoleon Marie Louise of Austria who made the Reggia her favorite residence and created a wide English-style garden.

After the unification of Italy Reggia di Colorno became a state possession and in 1870 it was acquired by the province of Parma and now it is a home to ALMA - a word renowned International School of Italian Cuisine.


Opening Hours

January and February:

10, 11, 15, 16, 17, Saturdays and Holidays, Weekdays for groups by at least 15 people;


From Tuesday to Friday: 11:15, Saturday and Holidays 10, 11, 15, 16, 17;

April and May:

From Monday to Friday: 10, 11.30, 15, 16.30;

Saturday: 10, 11, 15, 16, 17;

Sunday and Holidays: 10, 11, 12, 15, 16, 17, 18;

June, July and August:

From Tuesday to Friday: 11 and 16;

Saturday and Holidays: 10, 11, 15, 16, 17;

September and October:

From Monday to Friday (including Monday): 10, 11.30, 15, 16.30;

Saturday: 10, 11, 15, 16, 17;

Sunday and Holidays: 10, 11, 12, 15, 16, 17, 18;


From Tuesday to Friday: 11:15;

Saturday and Holidays: 10, 11, 15, 16, 17;


Saturdays and Holidays: 10,11,15,16,17;

Weekdays for groups by at least 15 people.

Closed: Mondays.

Guided tours mandatory.

The itinerary may change during exhibitions.

The secretariat reserves the right to change schedules, routes and modes of access in the presence of the exhibits and / or renovations.

The composition of the groups will be at the sole discretion of the responsible personnel.



Colorno (PR) - 43052, Italy

Via Piazza Garibaldi, 26,

☎ +39 0521 31 25 45; +39 0521 31 37 90;

Fax: +39 0521 52 13 70


Web Sites: Municipality Colorno, Province Parma


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