Discover the Royal Apartments of the Palace of Monza with this audio guided, escorted visit. The private apartments still hold the furnishing of the last resident sovereigns: Umberto I, son of Vittorio Emanuele II, and his wife Margaret of Savoy, the first "Queen of Italy," followed by an independent visit to the private apartments on the second floor and the Belvedere.
- Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00am to 7:00pm
- Fridays from 10:00am to 10:00pm
Cashier closes an hour before closing of the site.
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How to get there:
> Free shuttle: identified by a dedicated sign, from Monza train station (on Saturdays and Sundays), departing from Via Turati and back from the pedestrian entrance gate of the "Avancorte" in front the Royal Palace. Timing:
- from the station to the palace: 10am, 11:30am and 2:30pm
- from the palace to the station: 2pm, 4:30pm and 6pm
> By bus : lines Z221 and Z208
> By train: Monza FS station, 2 km (25 minutes by foot) away from the palace
> By car: from Milan, Como, Varese or Lecco, follow indications towards Monza – Villa Reale. Parkings: di Viale Regina Margherita, Via Petrarca e Viale Cavriga (Parco di Monza).
The Royal Palace
The Villa was built by Empress Maria Theresa of Austria between 1777 and 1780 as a summer residence for her son Ferdinand of Habsburg, general governor of the Austrian Lombardy. It was used by the archduke as his country residence until the arrival of the armies of Napoleon in 1796.
With the coronation of Napoleon in 1805, the Villa became the residence of his stepson, Eugene de Beauharnais, returning to Austrian hands after the fall of Napoleon until 1818, when it was passed onto Lombardo-Venetian Viceroy Giuseppe Ranieri. It was occupied in 1848 by the army of Radetzky. Between 1857 and 1859 the building returned to host a sumptuous court during the short stay in Monza of the last member of the Austrian Royal House, Maximilian I of Habsburg, brother of Franz Joseph.
When the Lombardo-Venetian Kingdom was annexed to the State of Piedmont, the villa became the privileged residence of Umberto I, who was murdered here in 1900. This event caused the closure of the villa and the transfer of most of the furniture to the Quirinale in Rome. The villa was donated to the municipalities of Monza and Milan in 1934.
The restoration works started in 2003, with nine rooms on the first floor, which were opened to the public in 2007. In July 2008, an agreement was signed for the restoration and the subsequent cultural development of the Monza Royal Villa and Monza Park in view of Expo 2015, dedicating the entire monument to cultural projects and institutional representation. Work was completed on June 26, 2014.
The First Floor
Your visit begins on the first floor with the state rooms of the royal family. Prominent is the ballroom, the only double-height living room of the villa, with decorations on the ceilings and walls, mirrors with fake marble, rich chandeliers, and Venetian marble flooring.
The Second Floor
The private apartments for guests and sovereigns represent the most important rooms of the second floor. These rooms are accessed from the main staircase, a triumph of marble with two large chandeliers in gilt bronze and iron with the symbols of the House of Savoy and the Kingdom of Italy (the knot and the motto “Fert”).
Your visit continues with the apartments of the emperors of Germany. One of the special characteristics is the floor, decorated with geometric shapes, which match those of the ceiling. Worth noting also are the apartment of the Prince of Naples, with the wooden wardrobe topped by vases and sculpted floral garlands that is the only fixed furniture of the apartments on the second floor; the apartment of the Duchess of Genoa, which features a vaulted ceiling by Piermarini with the opening for the "light chimney" that allows daylight to enter from the Belvedere.
The current appearance of the private apartments of the sovereigns are the result of the restoration works by the court architect Achille Majnoni d'Intignano during the 19th century. The undertaking adapted all the rooms located on the right of the main hall to the taste of that time. Umberto I's apartments include the drawing room, the study, the bedroom, the bathroom, the wardrobe, and the armory. In the apartment of Queen Margherita you will find the living room, the bedroom, the bathroom, and the wardrobe.
The visit ends on the top floor, the Belvedere, aptly named for the exciting panoramic view of the magnificent park it offers. Worth noting are the servants’ apartments with their low ceilings. These simple spaces were for the servants who took care of the guests.
Full Price Ticket
Reduced Price Ticket #1:
- groups with over 15 participants
- special agreements
Reduced Price Ticket #2:
- school groups
- children and young people 7 to 18 years of age
- for children under 6 years of age
- Persons with disabilities and 1 escort
- ICOM members
- Journalists (with valid card)
- Tourist guides
- School groups: maximum 2 escorts per each school group
- Adult groups: 1 escort per each adult group
Service fees are due for any kind of ticket and for free admission days.
Please note that you'll be asked to exhibit a valid identity document at the museum entrance.