The Royal Palace of Milan known locally as ‘Palazzo Reale’ is a palace, which was formerly the seat of the government for the city of Milan in Italy. The palace is thought to date back many centuries and became the home of the city’s most important people from the 16th century who began to improve and shape the palace to their own likings over the years. Empress Maria Theresa got her favourite architect, Giuseppe Piermarini, to give the palace an overhaul in the late 18th century. The palace was renovated to a stunning Neoclassical style which later took heavy damage due to attacks on the building of importance during the Second World War. After the war parts of the building were restored to their architectural best. The building has been free of royal inhabitants for a long while and now acts as an exhibit centre and museum of culture, displaying some famous artists work such as Escher, Caravaggio and Arnaldo Pomodoro.
The palace is situated close to the Cathedral on the Piazza del Duomo. The easiest option to get there is by metro, take the red M1 or yellow M3 metro lines to ‘Duomo’ station. Alternatively, take the tram, the 2, 3, 12, 14, 16, 19, 24 and 27 trams stop at the ‘Duomo’ station which is close by.
Opening Times and Admission
The palace and its museum and exhibits are open seven days a week, operating mostly on the opening hours of 9.30pm-7.30pm except for Thursdays and Saturdays when the building closes later at 10.30pm. Entrance costs 12 euros and with concession discounts available.