Fodor's Expert Review Galleria Nazionale/Teatro Farnese
The little-visited Galleria Nazionale, containing masterpieces by Correggio, Parmigianino, Leonardo da Vinci (1452–1519), El Greco (1541–1614), and Bronzino (1503–72), is housed on the piano nobile of the massive and somewhat forbidding Palazzo della Pilotta, constructed on the riverbank in 1618. The palazzo takes its name from the game pilotta, a sort of handball played within the palace precincts in the 17th century. Attached to the gallery—and viewable with the same ticket—is the magnificent Baroque Teatro Farnese, built in 1617–18. Made entirely of wood, it was largely destroyed in a 1944 Allied bombing raid, but it's been flawlessly restored.