"Royal Palace" Palazzo Reale - Museo Duomo Tip by Polly74

Palazzo Reale - Museo Duomo, Milan: 12 reviews and 21 photos


What used to be the Royal Palace is one of the most beautiful architectures of the Milanese 18th century. The original building which stood here had been the home of the Visconti and of the Sforza families and, later, residence of the Spanish and of the Austrian governors. During the last period of Austrian role, architect Giuseppe Piermarini - the same who designed La Scala - transformed it in 1771-78, giving it the appearance it still has today.

The Palazzo Reale was hit by bombs during World War Two and lost its splendid neoclassical interiors. Only the most beautiful of its halls, the Sala delle Cariatidi, survives in its half demolished state so that it may serve as a grave reminder against the ravages of war. This hall is often included in the great exhibitions that are set up in the palazzo, and its effect is indeed striking.

Address: Piazzetta Reale
Directions: Metro stop : Duomo
Phone: 02 0202
Website: http://www.comune.milano.it/palazzoreale

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  • Written May 12, 2005
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