JUST A SHORT DISTANCE FROM THE CITY…
Located about half an hour from the centre of the city, in an elegant, provincial town that was once a sought-after holiday destination, in Monza you'll find another Royal Residence, surrounded by a marvelous park, which is well worth a visit. Built between 1777 and 1780 as the summer home of Archduke Ferdinand of Austria, the governor of Lombardy, Villa Reale soon became the summer headquarters of the government, which moved its operations here during the warmer weather. The mastermind behind the original project was Giuseppe Piermarini, who built a ‘U-shaped' building around a court of honour, flanked by rustic buildings arranged around a courtyard, with ‘Italianate' gardens, orchards and greenhouses in the front and ‘French' and ‘English' gardens at the back. Following the Unification of Italy, during the second half of the 19th century, the Villa became the favourite residence of crown prince Umberto of Savoy and his wife. However, on 29 July 1900, Umberto, who had ascended to the throne after his father's death, taking the title of Umberto I, was murdered by an anarchist just a few metres from his home. After his death, Queen Margherita and her family abandoned the residence forever. Today, Monza's Villa Reale is used as a centre for exhibitions and cultural events, while its magnificent park is one of Italy's best loved and largest, green spaces in the region. A year ago, on 25 March 2017, more than a million people flocked here to attend a mass celebrated by Pope Francis, the charismatic head of the Catholic church.
Villa Reale di Monza