Italian Neoclassical Villa

 

The beautiful Reggia di Colorno is an arcaded neoclassical Italian villa that was once a castle. Its 1660 facelift transformed something ponderous into a stately home of just over 400 rooms, often referred to as a "miniature Versailles." Bourbon rulers of nearby Parma spent much time here as did Marie Louise of Austria, the famed Duchess of Parma and Napoleon's second wife. We arrived to see the villa on a day trip, miscalculated our timing and missed the only afternoon indoor tour, but took advantage of market day and strolled around the surrounding town of Colorno, Italy and had a delightful meal of local favorites.

 
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