The Park of Monza

Here is a park that has nothing to envy to Versailles or Caserta. Considered the "green" jewel of Monza, the Park was created in 1805 with a Napoleonic edict, with the aim of making it a model agricultural seal and a hunting reserve.

Construction began in 1806 and we owe its greatness, to the whim of a woman! It appears that Josephine Bonaparte asked her son, the Viceroy Eugene de Beauharnais, to build a bigger park than that of Versailles. The wish was granted and the Park of Monza, large 700 hectares, exceeds that of the French than 450 hectares.

Designed by Luigi Canonica, a pupil of Piermarini, the Park is, with more than 14 km long walls, the largest enclosed park in Europe.

Inside we recognize three main areas: near the Villa Reale, in the South, we find gardens and open countryside; northwards the "Bosco Bello" once used for hunting; then there is the strip along the river, with a damp vegetation. The avenue Mirabello connects the three zones from north to south, to the Rondò of the Star, right in the center of Bosco Bello.

The park is also a safe place for the many plants and animal species that inhabit it. Today, along its historical avenues, it is possible, to understand what the nineteenth-century Brianza used to look like: forests, meadows, cultivated fields, the Lambro, farmsteads and villas, the mills placed in an environment apparently natural, but carefully designed. An unprecedented Park and still unique in its kind to visit on foot, on rollerblades, by bicycle or on horseback.

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