Royal villa of monza and gardens
Royal Villa of Monza and gardens
The Palace of Monza was built by the Empress Maria Theresa of Austria in 1777 as a summer residence for her son Ferdinand of Austria-Este, the Governor of Lombardy. The architect entrusted with the project was Piermarini, who had already collaborated on the construction of the Palace of Caserta, which inspired this work. The Royal Villa of Monza is a neoclassical, U-shaped building with a central body and two wings for master and guest rooms, as well as two sections perpendicular to the main building used to house the servants, stables and tools.
The impressive building that serves as the Palace has almost 700 rooms, all connected to each other and luxuriously decorated. All of the interiors are embellished with stucco, silks, frescoes, floors in marble or inlaid wood, fireplaces, decorations, woodwork, marble baths and lunettes with wooden sculptures. One of the most striking elements is the imposing grand staircase, the restoration of which was completed in January 2014 to reveal its original splendour.
Be sure to visit the royal apartment of King Umberto and Queen Margherita, located to the right of the Central Hall and adapted to suit late 19th-century fashions by the royal architect Achille Majnoni of Intignano: its various rooms (living room, study, bedroom, bathroom, wardrobe and armoury) are all richly and tastefully decorated.
Like the villa, the gardens of the Palace of Monza are well worth a visit: not only do they offer visitors an incomparable view, the site also plays an important role in Monza's ecology and natural environment since they provide refuge for many plant and animal species. The gardens, situated over approximately 40 hectares, are home to a wide variety of ancient trees called green giants, particularly the two monumental oaks that have lived here for two centuries.
As they stroll through the grounds, visitors may stumble upon a beautiful, almost magical place: the rose garden. Perfectly integrated with the surrounding environment, the rose garden is nestled on a rolling terrain and, in addition to having a pond in its centre, it has paths that allow the public to admire all of its splendour.