The Ducal Palace of Colorno
The Ducal Palace of Colorno has resisted all the adversities it was inflicted by history. Its walls have enjoyed the breeze and overcome the tempest – they see the signs of change from afar. Its four hundred halls have been exalted and made bare, filled with glory and with pain, in an extenuating alternation of contrasting events.
Only a few years after its first great renovation – its current look was created in the beginning of the 18th century by the Farnese family – a Bourbon king transferred its furnishings and collections to Naples.
Then, in the beginning of the 1800s, Napoleon declared it “imperial property”, and his wife Marie Louise of Austria added a vast English landscape garden to the estate.
After only a few decades of quiet, soon after 1870 the precious furniture of the palace was moved again, and dispersed in various locations in Italy and abroad, reaching even London. The court theater was destroyed to house an asylum.
Despite all of this, the palace has maintained its original majesty intact – in the beautiful pink marble floors, the magnificent frescoed ceilings, the stucco details, the towers from which you can enjoy striking views of the scenery and charming points of view on the palace’s interiors. And finally in the park, which has recently been restored to its original, 1700s’ splendor.
From here you can look out, far away, and perhaps see the signs of change.