Palazzo della Pilotta, Parma

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The Palazzo della Pilotta is a complex of edifices located between Piazzale della Pace and the Lungoparma in the historical centre of Parma, region of Emilia Romagna, Italy. Its name derives from the game of pelota played at one time by Spanish soldiers stationed in Parma.

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  • 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.....  more »
  • 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.....  more »
  • Huge brick building of beautiful proportions with some great art works, interesting and well preserved roman artifacts in the museum and an amazing 15th C. timber theatre make this well worth visiting. Be prepared to walk as the layout is not always logical and there is poor signage. (although re-organisation happening at time of us visiting). Staff were helpful. The modern interior is light, cool and airy. No refreshment area though it is less than 10 minutes walk to cafes in centre. Outside is a park area, so take a picnic. You can re enter with ticket. Parking in streets near by, but limited to 2 hours. Allow 2-3hrs.
  • Beautiful art and a fantastic journey through history. The theatre was a huge bonus.
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