Updated: Sep 6, 2019
Today we are are headed for the Italian Riviera. Along the way we are stopping in Parma to meet up with a colleague of Michael's named Giuseppe. Giuseppe lives just outside the city and has graciously offered to pick us up and give us a tour of his favorite places in the old city.
See map: Parma
We meet up in a small parking lot on the edge of the city and say our hellos. Giuseppe is a life long resident and has great pride for his town and its history.
He takes us to the Teatro "Theater" Farnese and Galleria Nazionale "National Gallery". Teatro Farnese was constructed entirely out of wood and built in1618. It is an italian masterpiece and one not to be missed. The wood was painted to resemble marble giving the teatro a much grander and expensive feel. The theater featured a balcony from which the Dukes could enjoy the show. This creation of a balcony is believed to be the invention of the Royal Booth.
After taking in the splendor of the teatro we move into the Galleria Nazionale.
The gallery features the Renaissance collection of the Farese family. Quite an eye catching collection. Our favorite was La Scapigliata by Leonard da Vinci c. 1485.