Discover the Pilotta Monumental Complex

Have you ever wondered what lies behind the rough and austere walls of the Pilotta Monumental Complex, the Palace symbol of the ducal power of the Farnese in Parma which, following the disastrous bombing of 1944, today resembles an imposing “ruin” from the outside, located right in the heart of the city?

Discover it with a guided tour dedicated to the history of the Pilotta, one of the most important monumental complexes of the town of Parma, and to the museums kept therein. The itinerary includes the visit to the Pilotta Palace, the Farnese Theatre, the National Gallery of Parma, the temporary exhibition “Fornasetti Theatrum Mundi” and the permanente exhibition “L’Ottocento e il mito di Correggio”. On request, it is possible to book a private tour and customize the visit itinerary.

Accompanied by a tourist guide of Artemilia Guided Tours in Parma and Emilia Romagna, the rooms of the Pilotta Monumental Complex will suddenly come alive with characters who in ancient times crossed them, with sounds, scents and colors. You may come across the dreaded duke Ranuccio I Farnese, grappling with conspiracies or new witch hunts, admire Odoardo Farnese and Margherita de Medici newlyweds sitting in the ducal veron during the long awaited inauguration of the Teatro Farnese.

You may closely observe the Elder Pope Paul III Farnese and discover the secrets of  his great fortune, find out who Pier Luigi, the “ousted” duke, and the great Alexander, who conquered the citadel of Antwerp, were and also what was served at the table of the Duke Francesco Farnese and the last Duke Antonio Farnese. The portrait paintings of the Bourbon family preserved in the Sala delle Colonne will immerse us fully in the French atmosphere of the golden decade of the Little Capital, the portraits of Maria Luigia will recall important historical facts and the great works wanted by the sovereign at the time of her duchy. Are you ready to take a journey through time, to discover compelling and curious stories?

We are waiting for you to discover the jewels of the Pilotta Monumental Complex!

From Tuesday to Saturday at 10.30 am and 3.00 pm

Sunday at 3.00 pm

Guided tour lasting about 2 hours and 15 minutes

Meeting at the foot of the staircase of the Pilotta Monumental Complex

Reservations required. The guided tour service will be activated upon reaching the minimum number of 4 participants

Participation fee: € 15 adults, € 8 from 14 to 18 years of age, free for children under 14 years of age. 10% discount for Parma Card holders

Entrance tickets: € 12 full price, € 10 for groups of 10 people, € 5 reduced from 18 to 25 years, € 3 from 5 to 18 years, free for children under 5 years of age

On request, it is possible to book a private tour with a guide at the exclusive disposal of your group/family; contact the secretariat for availability and costs

It is mandatory to wear a mask and maintain a minimum interpersonal distance of 1 meter between the participants, except for people who, according to the provisions in force, are not subject to interpersonal distancing (e.g. families)

Info and reservations

+39 348 4559176

Credits: Parma, Pilotta Monumental Complex, Farnese Theatre.
On concession of the Ministry of Heritage and Cultural Activities and Tourism – Monumental Complex of Pilotta.
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