Grandi Giardini Italiani Srl

c/o Villa Erba
Largo Luchino Visconti, 4
22012 Cernobbio (COMO)
Italy

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© Gigi Montali

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© Gigi Montali

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© Gigi Montali

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© Veronica Mordacci

Emilia-Romagna

Giardino storico della Reggia di Colorno

Colorno, Parma

Giardino storico
Botanical Treasure Hunt Grandi Giardini Italiani
Pet Friendly
Wheelchair accessible

History

The first evidence of a garden around the Colorno Rock dates back to the second half of the fifteenth century under the Sanseverino dynasty. After the accession of Ranuccio Farnese and his wife Margherita Jolanda of Savoy the boundary walls were built with successive earth movements near the Royal Palace to create different levels between the higher and lower gardens.
Also under Farnese rule the transformation of the Italian garden into French style began with the court architect Ferdinando Galli Bibiena. On the extinction of this dynasty the garden was neglected for a while until the arrival of Philip of Bourbon when work began again with the help of Petitot. In 1816 another transformation took place with Maria Luigia of Austria and the garden became an English style park with many rare plants, including the Zelcova Carpinifoglia which still existing. Recent restoration, undertaken by Parma Province and inaugurated in 2000, has brought back to light the original parterre from the first half of the eighteenth century. This covers 24.000 m2: two lateral galleries of Carpinus betulus, 120 m long, frame the parterre with a windowed promenade. Four great geometric flower beds in box dominate the central space. A circular fountain in the centre balances two fountains in the higher part.
In the garden there are 50 terracotta vases containing lemon an orange trees, decorated with the coats of arms of the Farnese, Bourbons and Maria Luigia of Austria. The parterre is hedged by Tilia cordata, linked to a hedge of Taxus baccata in the last ellipse. The small nineteenth century lake with the island of love that leads to the English park, which can now be walked on for a pleasant walk among ancient trees in an atmosphere full of history and romantic suggestions.

How to get

By car
From Milan and Bologna: A1 motorway - Parma exit - SS 343 direction Colorno
From Genoa - La Spezia: A15 - A1 motorway towards Bologna - Parma exit - SS 343 towards Colorno
From Cremona: SS 343 towards Casalmaggiore - Colorno
From Mantua: SS 420 towards Sabbioneta - Casalmaggiore - Colorno

On the train
Parma - Brescia line (www.trenitalia.it)

By bus
Departure every hour from the Parma railway station (www.tep.pr.it)

By plane
Parma ''Giuseppe Verdi'' Airport (www.parma-airport.it)

Facilities

- Lift and disabled facilities.
(The Duke Ferdinando di Borbone's apartment is not wheelchair accessible)

- Bookshop

- Guided tour in language (English, French, Spanish, German, Russian) by reservation

- Workshops and educational activities, by appointment

- Guided tour of the Historic Garden, by reservation

- La Reggia di Colorno is PET friendly: small pets are allowed if held in the arms and with a special leash or in a suitable carrier.
(The ticket office doesn't provide dog sitting service)
Information
Opening hours
Season 2024
Historic Garden
All year round as follows:
  • Solar time: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • daylight saving time: 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Right
March to November as follows:
  • weekdays only with guided tour available at 10:00, 11:30, 15:00, 16:30
  • Saturdays with a guided tour at 10:00 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 3:00 p.m., 4:30 p.m. or with an audio guide at 10:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.
  • Sundays and public holidays with guided tours at 10 a.m., 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 3 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 5 p.m. or with audio guide at 10 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.
    Closed on non-holiday Mondays
    Duration of visit: 80 minutes
    The guided tour does not include a visit to the historic garden
  • Entrance
    Historic Garden
    Free admission
    Visit with audio guide: € 3.00

    Reggia di Colorno
    (guide included)
    Full price: € 12.00
    Reduced price ticket*: € 11.00
    Family Ticket (2 adults + 1 child aged between 6 and 14): € 25.00
    Family Ticket (2 adults + 2 children aged 6 to 14): € 30.00
    Family ticket (2 adults + 3 children aged 6 to 14): € 35.00
    Children (up to 6 years of age): free of charge
    Disabled and accompanying person: free of charge

    * Children (7-18 years old); University students with student card; Over 65; Passholders of the Castles of the Duchy of Parma, Piacenza and Pontremoli; FAI and Touring Club members.
    Contact us
    Piazza Garibaldi, 26
    43052 Colorno (PR)

    T. +39 0521 312545

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