The itinerary starts from the Reggia – used as summer residence by the Dukes of Parma, before the Farnese family undertook important renovation works in the second half of the 17th century. Both the Palace and the garden were renovated by architect Ferdinando Galli Bibiena. In 1749, the palace bacame known as “Versailles of the Dukes of Parma”, when Philip of Bourbon and Louise Elisabeth of France – Louis XV’s daughter – were in power. When, after the Vienna Congress, Marie Louise - Napoleon’s wife – was awarded the title of Duchess of Parma, she decided to restore both the building and the garden. In 1870, the entire monumental complex was purchased by the Province of Parma.
The tour continues with a stop at the Oratory of the “Beata Vergine del Buon Cuore”, built by the will of Ferdinand of Bourbon in 1771-1772, near the road heading towards Copermio. The complex consists of the Oratory dedicated to “S. Maria del Buon Cuore” and the “Real Casino”, which served as the guest residence.
The itinerary ends with a stop at the ethnographic museum of Colorno, a museum about men and their culture, which focuses on the human being as well as the representation of human experience. The museum is located on the first floor of the Aranciaia and represents a cultural centre of social and strategic importance for both the area of Colorno and the Emilia-Romagna region.