This large complex that has incorporated the Palazzo delle Poste since 1909, was originally made up of various houses in the center of which was the parocchial church of San Michele del Pertugio, which was closed in 1653 and knocked down in 1687 to make way for the Ducal Theatre. It was the work of Stefano Lolli and probably also of Domenico Valmagini from Piacenza. Shows were performed here up to 1829, the year of the inauguration of the Regio Theatre, while the Riserva building held some court houses and a casino for "nobles, courtiers and foreigners". The building is now the central post office, home of the Parma Literature Society, the Museo Lombardi and the Duomo of the history of theatre. Designed by Moderanno Chiavelli of Fontanellato, the Palazzo dell Poste, has an Art Nouveau style façade. The allegorical figures that decorate the vestibule on Via Melloni are by Paolo Baratta and the relief on the main façade is the work of Riccardo del Prato.
Attractions & Landmarks
- Nearest Train: 1, 2, 13 Via Garibaldi