Royal Palace of Milan

Milan, Italy

The Royal Palace of Milan (Palazzo Reale di Milano) was the seat of government of the city for centuries. Today it serves as a cultural centre and home to expositions and exhibitions.

Originally designed with a structure of two courtyards, the palace was then partially demolished to make room for the Duomo. The palace is located to the right of the facade of the cathedral opposite the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. The facade of the building follows the style of the ancient courtyard, forming a recess in respect to Piazza del Duomo, known as the Piazzetta Reale.

The magnificent Hall of Caryatids can be found on the main floor of the building. It occupies the site of the old theatre, which burned down in 1776 and is the only room that survived the heavy bombings of 1943. The damage caused by the incendiary and violent air movement was followed by a state of abandonment for over two years, which contributed to further serious damage to the building. Many of the neoclassical interiors of the Palace were lost.



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Founded: 13th century
Category: Palaces, manors and town halls in Italy


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Simona Anile (2 months ago)
Best place to visit for temporary exhibitions. In this moment Leandro Erlich is the main exhibition. Recommended!
Andrea Nori (2 months ago)
I visited the Cathedral Museum as it was included in the entrance fee to the Cathedral and I had time. I honestly didn't like it, I found it rather boring and the various statues are also very badly arranged...if you have time it is okay to visit it, but not surely a must!
Santorini Queen1 (4 months ago)
Historically speaking I have never seen anything like this I would visit again when I have time I recommend buying tickets online it's easier
Yonka Stoencheva (6 months ago)
You should visit this museum. You can learn a lot about the Cathedral and see amazing sculptures and arts. Recommend.
Liyun Xu (13 months ago)
Went on Saturday and was told the exhibitions are free. Loved the paintings and the sculptures exhibitions. The building itself is well preserved and loved the wall colors and all the molding and sculpture details. We were very surprised that there were barely anyone there and it’s right next to one of the busiest cathedrals. it’s such a good escape from the crowd and the heat.
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