Parco Ducale

Park in Parma

Parco Ducale Di Parma
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The intricately designed green landscape of the Ducal Park was initially conceived in 1560 and later expanded during the 18th century. It features decorative sculptures by J.B. Boudard and was subsequently adapted to follow the French style of landscaping.

Within the park, you’ll find the Ducal Palace and the Palazzetto Eucherio Sanvitale, constructed in Renaissance style in 1520 by Giorgio Da Erba. The small palace is adorned with frescoes by Parmigianino, including a depiction of a Madonna and child, which has recently been restored. Additionally, an oil painting on one of the walls illustrates scenes from the Life of the Virgin in the late Mannerist style, attributed to the clergyman Cosimo Piazza. The artwork also features grotesque and landscape elements dating back to the late 16th century.

Notable features in the park include the Arcadia woods, which contain the ruins of the Arcadia temple by Petitot. In the 18th century, these ruins served as a meeting place for Parmesan Arcadians.

The Fountain of Parma river, originally located in the Ducal Palace in Colorno, is now situated in the center of the park’s lake. During the rule of Marie Louise, who opened the park to the public, the botanical landscape of the park was extensively altered to align it more with the English style of landscaping.

The park offers various amenities, including a playground for children, fountains, sports tracks, a dog area, and a café with outdoor seating.

The Parco Ducale appears in our Complete Guide to Visiting Parma!

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Visiting Parco Ducale


November to March every day from 7am to 8pm. From April to October every day from 6am to 12am.

Address: Parco Ducale, Largo Luca Ganzi, Parma, Province of Parma, Italy
Duration: 20 minutes

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