Exploring the treasures of the Royal Villa
The Royal Villa in Monza, or Reggia di Monza, is a neoclassical jewel designed by Giuseppe Piermarini immersed in a magnificent park, considered the largest in Europe. It was built between 1777 and 1780 for Archduke Ferdinand of Habsburg and his mother Maria Theresa of Austria.
The U-shaped structure, typical of 18th-century royal palaces, has a scenic façade but without excessive frills, while the interior is more lavish, from the state rooms to the banquet halls on the first floor where events were held. The most beautiful rooms include the Sala degli Uccelli (Hall of Birds), the Ballroom and the octagonal Atrio degli Staffieri foyer.
The second floor hosts the bedrooms of the royals and their guests. In total, there are 740 rooms decorated with stucco, frescoes and paintings, marble or parquet floors, boiseries and luxurious tapestries. From the scenic viewpoint on the top floor, once reserved for staff, you can enjoy splendid views of the park.
The English-style gardens extend over 40 hectares. Walking through the gardens, you will find a pond, a rock garden, the Antro di Polifemo (Polyphemus cave) and a classical temple. Don’t miss the Serrone orangery and the Rose Garden, boasting 400 varieties of roses.