Royal Palace Of Colorno
The Royal Palace of Colorno is a splendid Imperial Palace inspired by the environments of Versailles. The most important room is certainly the Great Hall, a masterpiece by the famous French architect Ennemond Alexandre Petitot designed in 1753. The hall is the first example of neoclassicism in Europe in advance of nearly 30 years on contemporary achievements. The disegnativo Petitot genius has found perfect realization in the stuccos executed by Fortunato Rusca and by the great sculptor J. B. Boudard for the figures in high relief. Within the frames gilded stucco there are still four original paintings (of 1757-58) by François La Croix and Adrien Manglard. Significant in the Piano Nobile also two Chinese parlors Babette and Don Philip of Bourbon with 1753 cards Italian wallpaper. Most of the rooms of the main floor offers refined rococo plasterwork executed by Carlo Bossi of the architect François Antoine Carlier. Today the Palace of Colorno is also the home of ALMA, an Italian cooking school that (once headed by Gualtiero Marchesi) offers specialized training to hundreds of young chefs from around the world.