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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.HistoryBuilt around 1583, during the last years of reign of Duke Ottavio Farnese, it developed around the corridor, a museum dedicated to Giambattista Bodoni Teatro Farnese Galleria Nazionale di Parma
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  • In Parma, one cannot visit this Palace whose name derives from the game of pelota and who cherishes a great Theater clad entirely in wood and a collection of art in the National Gallery absolutely interesting, and very well laid out and described, in addition to a small archaeological museum. Ticket cost 10 euros
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  • After parking, the first historic building you come to get to old town is just this monumental palazzo della Pilotta, built towards the end of 1500. The long corridors arranged orthogonally to delimit a veritable "Citadel", with its courtyards and parried in rustic brick, were designed to contain storerooms, stables, barracks, and a grandiose Armory turned into Court Theatre. The complex derives its name from the noble game of pelota which was practiced into his courts on special occasions. Already home to a select collection of books, paintings and Pilotta, during the reign of Philip of Bourbon, it houses the Academy of fine arts with its collection of art, which will source the National Gallery, the Palatine Library and the archaeological museum. To visit!
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  • A huge Palace of culture dedicated not only to the lands and history of Parma but also to archaeology and the theatre.
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  • Unbelievable architecture with an amazing collection of national treasures within. The art gallery is a must see. Not as busy as so many other galleries across Italy, but very well displayed and many impressive pieces are exhibited here.
  • A massive block of bricks in the centre of Parma. A big renaissance architecture that hosts a lot of exhibitions and museums
  • The absolute squalor: plenty of black slackers stationed there, just in front of the Pilotta, indulging their bodily functions ("answering the call of nature", urinate and defecate) when it is necessary. An open air toilet! The smell is very strong, but sure less strong than the italian shame for such a sad spectacle of degradation!
  • Nice place to relax or have a picnic and observe your surroundings.
  • Go to visit the art museum and also the historical museum. You can see a real palace of 1500