In the majestic “Palazzo della Pilotta” (named after the
‘pelota’game which used to be played in one of the courtyards)
you can discover the very beautiful “Teatro Farnese”. Going up
the immense staircase to the “Imperiale” (a remembrance of the
“Escorial”) you reach the portal entrance to the theatre
(1618-19); almost suddenly you find yourself in the biggest and
most modern performance room of this era.
A completely wooden architecture, painted in false marble, which is the work of the ‘Ferrarese’ architect G.B. Aleotti, known as “Argenta”, it welcomes us in a slightly desolate fashion, in order to evoke the atmosphere of the amazing stage performances of moving scenes and the naval battles which occurred in the stalls, raised to the form of a tub; the machinery, the decorations on the ceiling, the furnishings and the ducal gold are all missing, but the enormous space, the loggias, which had as ancestors the boxes? Of which the boxes being ancestors? The orchestra’s spot and the immense area dedicated to the representation reveal the intuition and the new organic distribution desired by the architect.
The “Galleria Nazionale” and the “Palatina” Library exist on the same floor with elegant rooms desired by the Borbone in the 700’s and by Maria Luigia in the 800’s. Worth a visit is the Bodoniano printing museum and the Archeological Museum with the findings of Velleia, which was a small roman settlement in the “Piacentine” hills discovered by the archeologists of the 1700’s and hills which showed prehistoric evidence in the “Parmense” region; in the northern part of the palace exists the stables for 70 horses with Veronese pink marble feeding troughs.
P.za della Pilotta, 5 Tel. 0521233309