The Villa Reale, one of the most attractive sights of interest, is set a few kilometers from Milan. Impressive fountains, well-finished gardens and a stunning facade not disfiguring between the most beautiful chateaux in Europe are just some of the beauties the villa has to offer. But an even more suggestive sight is waiting from you right behind its gates…
Projected by Giuseppe Piermarini in 1777, the same architect who developed the Scala Theater, Villa Reale was born to house Austrian Governor Ferdinand of Hapsburg. The dwelling is a two-storey majestic complex with a newly inaugurated wood-built attic hosting the Triennale Design Museum. As long as you go up the white marble staircase, traces from the Hapsburg domination are easy to spot, especially in the archiducal apartments recalling details from the Hofsburg palace in Vienna. You will be welcomed by marble and inlaid wood flooring, luxurious frescoes and porcelains, walls covered with silk or mirrors, wood panelled ceilings, as well as a priceless view on the underlying park. Getting lost imagining the daily life scenes at the time it was built is a unique experience. But it’s not all, as the villa also boasts a chapel, a small theatre, an amphitheatre, both not visible from the outside, and the famous ‘Rotonda’, a circular room featuring breath-taking frescoes by Piermarini. A wide and bright hallway connects the apartments hall to the one currently hosting photography, history, architecture or culture exhibitions, all of a great interest for visitors. And innovation lovers just have to go upstairs to have their interest satisfied, as they can have a full immersion into the history of Italian design from 1945 up to nowadays at the Triennale Design Museum. At the ground floor, an elegant restaurant bookable both for public and private events.
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