If you are passing through Milan, do not miss the chance to visit the Royal Villa of Monza (Villa Reale) with the Royal Gardens (Giardini Reali) and the Park. Monza is a beautiful city about 10 km north of Milan, famous for the circuit located within the park (Autodromo Nazionale di Monza), where, during in the year, there are a lot of car races, including the Formula 1 Italian Grand Prix. Monza Park, together with the Royal Gardens, is the fourth largest enclosed park in Europe and the largest walled. The Royal Gardens are located behind the Royal Villa of Monza and are separated from Monza Park by a fence with pedestrian access.
The Royal Gardens were designed by Giuseppe Piermarini and made by Viennese gardeners between 1778 and 1783 on commission of Archduke Ferdinand of Austria, during the Austrian occupation of northern Italy. The Royal Gardens are divided into two parts, the French garden with wide avenues and the English landscape garden. The main attractions of the English garden are the Swan Lake, with Neoclassical temple and the statue of Neptune, the artificial cave called the Cave of Polyphemus, the Rock Garden, The Tower (La Torretta) in medieval style and the Chain Bridge. The royal gardens are beautiful in all seasons, but in the fall they are particularly fascinating, with their incredible colors.
- Royal Gardens of Monza: Open every day – Free entry Winter hours: from 7.00 to 18.30 – Summer hours: from 7.00 to 20.30
- Monza Park: Open every day – Free entry Winter hours for cars: from 7.00 to 19.00 – Winter hours for pedestrians: from 7.00 to 20.30 Summer hours for cars: from 7.00 to 20.30 – Summer hours for pedestrians: from 7.00 to 21.30
- Royal Villa of Monza: Tue-Sun 10-19 – Friday 10-22 – Monday closed The ticket office closes one hour earlier