Reggia of Colorno

Piazza Garibaldi, 26 - 43052 - Colorno (PR)

Phone: +39 0521312545

Opening times

February 2024:
Saturday, Sunday and festivities: admission with audio guide from 10am to 1pm and from 3pm to 6pm (last admission at 5.30pm);
on Saturday guided tours at 10am, 11.30am, 3pm and 4.30pm; on Sunday and festivities guided tours at 10am, 11.30am, 3pm, 4.30pm and 5pm;
from Tuesday to Friday: open only for groups on reservation.

Prices

Full price with guided tour €12.00 – full price with audio guide €10.00
reduced price with guided tour €11.00 – reduced price with audio guide €9.00
Reduced children from 7 to 18 years, university students with card, over 65, Passport holders of the Castles of the Duchy of Parma, Piacenza and Pontremoli, FAI members, Touring Club members with 1 guide € 8.00 with guided tour for groups of at least 15 units and school groups on an educational visit (reservation required)

Family Tickets:
2 adults + 1 child from 7 to 14 years €25.00
2 adults + 2 children from 7 to 14 years €30.00
2 adults + 3 children from 7 to 14 years €35.00

Free admission for children aged 0 to 6, 1 chaperone per group, 2 teachers for every 15 pupils on an educational visit, disabled people with a chaperone, ICOM and ICOMOS members a valid membership card must be presented, journalists a national or international press card must be presented.

Reggia Colorno

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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.

Facilities:
Audio guides in Italian, English and French.
Audio guide for a visit to the historic garden (€ 3.00)
Guided tours in French, German, Spanish, Russian (by reservation), online reservations
book-shop with the possibility of online purchase
disabled facilities, lift for the disabled. (The Apartment of Duke Ferdinando di Borbone is not accessible to the physically disabled)
Cloakroom with self-service lockers available free of charge at the ticket office.
Attention: backpacks and other objects larger than 55 x 35 x 20 cm are not allowed in the museum areas.
Family friendly changing table in the toilets
The Reggia di Colorno is PET friendly: small pets are allowed if held in the arms and with a special leash or in a suitable pet carrier.

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.

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