Exploring, we found ourselves across the river (I use the term loosely as at the time there was no running water) and in the middle of Parco Ducale, a lovely green respite away from all the pavement of the historic center.
These gardens surround the Palazzo Ducale and, as with everything in Parma, they have a long, varied history. They were originally used as a source of food, herbs, fish and game for the palace. In 1749, the gardens were transformed into a classic French garden. Later, under the direction of Napoleon's wife, Marie Louise of Austria, they were restored and remodeled into English gardens.
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