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Monza – L’Arengario This town is located near Milan. Monza is well-known to all fans of Formula 1, because the main airfield is located here. First settlements on the territory of the town were founded during the Bronze Age; later this area was inhabited by colonies of Roman veterans. It is believed that they have given the city its modern name. These veterans were called Magutachi and moved from the area, which was called Magonza.
Monza lives an eventful cultural life. During the year, a lot of interesting holidays and festivals take place here. In mid-June, the beautiful carnival dedicated to patron saint John the … Open
Later the town became the residence of the king and his family, who were defeated by the great nature of this region. In the 6 - 7 centuries the town experienced a rapid growth, which was especially vivid during the Teodolinda queendom. By her order a beautiful cathedral was built in Monza. The cathedral became the repository of priceless treasures, the most famous and valuable item of which was Corona Ferrea. This was the crown which was traditionally used in the coronation ceremony of Italian emperors and kings, so the town, in which the crown was stored, was widely respected and considered a privileged one. However, up to 951 Monza was listed only as a castle in documents, and this place got the status of the town only during the reign of Otto III. Later the town repeatedly changed its status: it was in possession of the Belgian feudal lords, in the middle of the 16th century Monza was conquered by the Spaniards, and then the town was officially added to the territory of Italy.
Nowadays you can get acquainted with the history of Monza by visiting its numerous museums. You can take a tour to the cathedral mentioned above. Today it is called Duomo di Monza, and now the museum of treasures is opened in its walls. Another important architectural structure is the Royal Villa, which is located near the old chapel. Among the cultural institutions of Monza we should mention IL Teatro Theater and a unique library for blind people, which is famous for a large collection of books. You can also walk through the royal gardens and see beautiful old churches. Copyright
One of the main historic symbols of Monza is a magnificent cathedral Duomo di Monza located in Piazza del Duomo. It impresses with its sophisticated architectural style and exquisite … Open
Near the Monza Cathedral is the Town Hall built in the middle of the 13th century. For many centuries it was used for its intended purpose, as the seat of government. Today, the Town Hall is located in the heart of a colorful historical district, next to it you can see many buildings dating back to the Middle Ages. The town hall is a vivid example of the Gothic style: its frontal facade has preserved a small balcony, which was used as a kind of tribune for the performances of city rulers.
An equally impressive architectural object is the Villa Reale located in a beautiful spacious park. City visitors can stroll through the park and appreciate the look of the old palace at any time. Take care of booking a tour of the villa in advance. Within the walls of the villa there are many unique design elements, including old frescoes and unique medieval furniture.
Monza is a perfect place for nature admirers. In the city and its surroundings, there are a lot of picturesque parks. In the city park, you can admire decorative plants and the collection of … Open
A tour of the Royal Villa built by order of Empress Maria Theresa of Austria promises to be no less exciting. Outwardly, the palace looks quite strict and restrained, while its interior decoration is striking in its splendor. It has also preserved unique murals on the walls and ceiling. Here you can admire the antique stuccoes as well as appreciate the elegance of huge chandeliers designed and produced by the best European masters.
The best place for walking outdoors is the city park, a kind of historical attraction. The founder of this picturesque park is the Italian King Eugène de Beauharnais who entrusted the design of the park area to the famous architect Luigi Canonica. At the beginning of the 20th century, a racetrack, and later an autodrome, was built in the park. Today visitors of the park have many beautiful places for enjoying pleasant walks and secluded recreation. In the warm season, they can visit a golf club opened in 1928.
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An important local historical site is the Expiatory Chapel built in honor of King Humbert I who died at the hands of rebels. This monument was built in the very place where the king was murdered. The height of the stele is 35 meters, it is complemented by a symbolic sculptural composition.
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City tours, excursions and tickets in Monza and surroundings

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Map of all castles
Survived castles around Monza
♥   Castle 'Monza Castle' Monza, 1.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Vimercate Tower' Vimercate, 8.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Barbarossa Tower' Seregno, 8.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'San Rocco Gate' Vimercate, 9.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Affori Tower' Milan, 12.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all parks
National and city parks around Monza
♥   World Heritage Site 'Monte San Giorgio' , 44.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   National Park 'Parco nazionale della Val Grande' , 82.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   World Heritage Site 'Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch' , 136.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   National Park 'Parco nazionale dello Stelvio' , 137.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   National Park 'Parco nazionale dell’Appennino Tosco-Emiliano' , 156.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all art museums
Art galleries in Monza and around
♥   Art museum 'Padiglione d Arte Contemporanea' Milan, 13.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art museum 'Pinacoteca di Brera' Milan, 13.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art museum 'Museo Poldi Pezzoli' Milan, 14 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art museum 'Castello Sforzesco' Milan, 14.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art museum 'Museo del Novecento' Milan, 14.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo

Sights around Monza from our guide 'Extreme places on Earth'

Crespi d Adda

From the series “16 Most Fascinating Objects of Unesco in Italy”
Nowadays the old village attracts people who like architecture. There was saving a family palace of Crespi in neogothic style. Other beautiful buildings are the Crespi d'Adda church, workers’ houses. Nothing has changed for about a hundred years. If you want to become engrossed in the past, walk in this old village. Now it is quite hard to imagine that earlier this area was one of the most technically equipped in Europe. There was a modern lighting system and even a good-working aqueduct. … Read further

Basilica di San Lorenzo

From the series “Monuments of Byzantium: the most famous buildings”
Several symbolic monuments are installed next to the basilica. A series of antique columns is the most unusual element of the surrounding area. They are preserved fragments of ancient Roman buildings. These columns were part of the baths in the 3rd century AD. The Basilica of St Lawrence has lost almost half of its values and original design elements for more than a thousand years of existence. A beautiful fresco has been preserved on the wall behind the main altar. Visitors can also see an ancient sculpture of Padre Pio. Its age is more than a thousand years. The painting under the dome was made already in the Middle Ages. But it continues to be considered a true work of art. … Read further

Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie

From the series “Top 15 Unesco Sites in Europe”
Over the past decades, the main church in Milan has remained a popular tourist attraction. The queue of those wishing to see the legendary frescoes doesn’t vanish, so it’s recommended to sign up for a tour several days in advance. Anyone who wishes to see the legendary fresco by Leonardo da Vinci, will have to undergo a special procedure. An outerwear has to be cleaned from the dirt using a dedicated gadget. Only after that, you can take a look at the amazing work of art. However, visitors can not admire it for more than 15 minutes. … Read further
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