The Villa Reale is ready to welcome again the public! The booking is mandatory and it is possible to visit the historical building on Saturdays and Sundays from 10.30 am to 6.30 pm. The last entry is one hour before closing time.
The visit itinerary includes 28 rooms among apartments and halls: an actual journey in history from the Hapsburgs to the Savoys. The visit lasts almost 60 minutes and begins from the entrance hall which leads to the reception rooms at the first piano nobile (first floor) that still show the neoclassical decorations more than other rooms. The visit then continues at the Second Floor with the famous Prince of Neaples' apartment, adapted by the architect Majnoni on the occasion of Vittorio Emanuele II's wedding . The library and its fascinating wooden boiserie made of walnut and the apartments of the King and the Queen follow and the visit ends at the central hall with the wonderful view on the Royal Gardens.
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The history of the Villa Reale of Monza begins with the arrival in Milan in 1777 of the new governor, the archduke Ferdinand of Hapsburg, second to last son of the empress Maria Theresa of Austria. The new governor organized with his wife Beatrice d'Este a court where Lombard aristocrats could find their place and recognize their position.
The arrival of Ferdinand brought new interesting elements of development in Milan. The construction of the Villa Reale of Monza and its Gardens - guided by the architect Giuseppe Piermarini - should be referred to this context .
Built on the will of the empress Maria Theresa of Austria between 1777 and 1780 as the summer residence for her son Ferdinand, the Villa can be referred to the typical layout of the 18th century Lombard villas.
The building has a neoclassical style with a C-shaped plan and a central section hosting the reception rooms to which two lateral wings were added for the rooms. Further there are other two buildings destined to service activities and stables for a total amount of almost 700 rooms.
At the Villa Reale you can visit the First Piano Nobile (first floor), the Reception Rooms and the Private Apartments of the King Umberto I and the Queen Margherita enriched by the furniture collection, whereas at the Second Piano Nobile (second floor) the Apartments made for the guests and the royals, such as Prince of Neaples' Apartment, Duchess of Genoa's Apartment and that of the Emperor of Germany.