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Located in the heart of Milan, Italy, Villa Reale, or Villa Belgiojoso Bonaparte, is a crisp example of neoclassical elegance. This exquisite historical mansion with its lush gardens has been a symbol of fashion, art, and culture through various periods of the city’s history.

History Villa Reale was built between 1790 and 1796 and commissioned by Count Ludovico Barbiano di Belgiojoso. At various times, it served as a residence for Napoleon Bonaparte’s viceroy and then Napoleon himself. Today, it houses the Modern Art Gallery (GAM) and the PAC, the Pavilion of Contemporary Art.

How to get there Reaching Villa Reale is quite easy because it’s located near the city center. By metro, stop at the Palestro red line station, and the villa is merely a two-minute walk away. Alternatively, buses numbered 61, 94, or tram 1 will get you there. For more flexibility, taxis or rental cars are also convenient options.

List of Attractions

  1. The Modern Art Gallery (GAM) – Hosts an exquisite collection of modern artworks from artists like Van Gogh, Manet, and Renoir.
  2. PAC, Pavilion of Contemporary Art – Known for its impactful exhibitions and displays.
  3. Royal Gardens – Surrounding the villa, perfect for a laid-back stroll amid nature.
  4. 19th-century neoclassical architecture – With detailed interior decor worth exploring.
  5. Nearby attractions include Milan’s famous Fashion Quadrangle and the Public Gardens Indro Montanelli.

Ticket Information Entrance to Villa Reale’s park and the exterior of the building is free. However, entry into the Modern Art Gallery (GAM) and the Pavilion of Contemporary Art (PAC) require tickets. Prices may vary for different exhibitions, so it’s recommended to check the official websites for the most accurate information.

List of Tips for Visiting

  1. Allocate enough time for both the Modern Art Gallery and the Pavilion of Contemporary Art as their exhibits are vast.
  2. The villa can be crowded around the holiday period and weekends. If you prefer quiet, visit on a weekday.
  3. Don’t forget to wear comfortable shoes as you’ll be on your feet for most of the visit.
  4. Consider visiting during spring or summer to enjoy the charming gardens fully.
  5. Keep in mind that Italy has strict rules for the preservation of historical artifacts, so avoid touching displays.
  6. Check the website for temporary exhibitions. These often include works from internationally acclaimed artists.
  7. Don’t miss the opportunity to explore the nearby Public Gardens Indro Montanelli and Milan’s prestigious Fashion Quadrangle.

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