9 Dec 2018 - 10 Dec 2018
2 guests - 1 room
Monza is famous at world-wide level for the Italian Grand Prix of Formula 1 – which takes place in September - but there is so much more than this. It’s a beautiful historic city, completely walkable and full of green spaces, for example the huge royal park, the Parco di Monza. There is also a very interesting guided tour in English of the Duomo’s precious Iron Crown. The Royal Villa with its wonderful gardens was recently restored; built between 1777 and 1780 by the Empress Marie-Therese of Austria, the most interesting rooms are the royal apartments of Umberto and Margherita and the chapel by Piermarini. The tiny church is dedicated to the Immaculate Mary and it is without doubt the most richly decorated of the Villa's rooms.
Monza is located in the high plains of Lombardy, between Brianza and Milan, at an altitude of 162 meters above sea level and is 15 kilometres (9 mi) from the capital of the region and about 40 km (25 mi) from Lecco and Como. In the course of its history Monza withstood thirty-two sieges, but the Porta d'Agrate is all that remains of its original walls and fortifications. Nearby is the nunnery in which the nun of Monza was enclosed in Manzoni's I Promessi Sposi. Monza is famous for its Romanesque-Gothic Duomo of Saint John. There Theodelinda's centrally-planned Greek-cross oraculum ("chapel of prayer") from c. 595 (its foundations remaining under the crossing of nave and transept) was enlarged at the close of the 13th century by enclosing the former atrium within the building. The fine black and-white marble arcaded façade was erected in the mid-14th century by Matteo da Campione. The campanile was erected in 1606 to designs by Pellegrino Tibaldi. In the frescoed Chapel of Theodelinda is the Iron Crown of Lombardy, supposed to contain one of the nails used at the Crucifixion. The treasury also contains the crown, fan and gold comb of Theodelinda, and, as well as Gothic crosses and reliquaries, a golden hen and seven chickens, representing Lombardy and her seven provinces. Though the interior has suffered changes, there is a fine relief by Matteo da Campione representing a royal Lombard coronation, and some 15th-century frescoes with scenes from the life of Theodelinda. The historical centre also include: the church of Santa Maria in Strada, with a rich terra-cotta façade of 1393 the Broletto or Arengario, the 14th-century palace of the civic commune, raised on an arcade of pointed arches, with a tall square machiolated tower terminating in a sharp central cone. the church of San Pietro Martire the memorial Cappella Espiatoria, built in 1900 in memory of the assassinated King Umberto I of Italy Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie (15ht century) Oratory of St. Gregory (17th century) church of Santa Maria al Carrobiolo (16th century) Nearby, the Villa Reale (royal palace) originally built by Giuseppe Piermarini in 1777 for the archduke Ferdinand of Austria, lies on the banks of the Lambro, surrounded by Monza Park, one of the largest enclosed parks in Europe. Other villas includes the Mirabello, Mirabellino, Durini, Crivelli Mesmer, Prata, Archinto Pennati, Calloni and Villa Carminati-Ferrario.
Beautiful city. The food is great, the women are beautiful and everybody is very kind. The transportation can be expensive and the traffic is really heavy. Very organized city. The downtown is beautiful. If you enjoy soccer, you should hit the stadium. It's massive.
Monza, just outside Milan, is a charming little city with the expected cobblestone streets and some very good shopping. The Parco di Monza is huge, a popular place to go running in, and also the home of some serious car racing.