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Monza
Travel Guide

A holiday in Monza transports you to the heart of Brianza, on the banks of the River Lambro, a stone’s throw from Milan.

A city proud of its rich history and glorious past, Monza always takes visitors by surprise, particularly because of the entirely unique relationship there is between culture and the environment. The city is famous for one of the most important automotive events in the world: during the first week of September every year, Ferrari brings its “prancing horse” and red livery to the city’s squares and main streets, raising the hopes of the many fans who come to experience the excitement of the Italian GP, excited by the smell of the asphalt on the Monza Circuit and its magical atmosphere.

Queen Theodelinda turned Monza into the most important political, cultural and religious centre of Lombardy. Subsequently, the Lombard city became the darling of Barbarossa who, thanks to the ecclesiastical and economic power of the Umiliati, transformed it into a leading artisan centre for the processing of wool and fabrics, still one of the most important in Lombardy. The Duomo di Monza (cathedral) dates back to 595, when Queen Theodelinda had a basilica called the "Oraculum" erected close to her palace, dedicating it to St. John the Baptist, with black and white marble bands. The Duomo is undoubtedly one of the city’s most important historical buildings. The church features a Latin cross layout with three naves, supported by pillars and columns decorated with centaurs, sirens, eagles and wild animals. Arriving on Piazza del Duomo from Via Italia, the cathedral makes a strong visual impact: one cannot help being fascinated by the polychrome marble façade of the church, the rose window and the large porch. However, it is the interior that makes the elegant building particularly beautiful. To fully appreciate the historical and artistic importance of this splendid church, head for the the Chapel of Theodelinda, which is covered in frescoes restored by the Zavattari family of painters-restorers from Milan, regarded as the greatest example of a pictorial cycle from the late Gothic Lombard period. The Duomo is undoubtedly one of the finest examples of fourteenth century Campionese architecture.

In the city’s old town, there are further Roman and medieval architectural remains, including those of the Arena bridge (one the eight arches of which is still standing), now replaced by the more modern Ponte dei Leoni (Bridge of Lions). On Via Santa Margherita, near the church of San Maurizio, you can still admire the ancient door to the convent that housed the Nun of Monza, a famous character from "The Betrothed” by Alessandro Manzoni. From the Via San Gerardo dei Tintori towpath, a walkway leads to the eighteenth century Bridge of San Gerardo, which offers a wonderful view of the River Lambro. Another essential stop on your holiday in Monza is the elegant Villa Reale, which precedes the park and circuit, built between 1776 and 1780 by the Empress Maria Theresa of Austria for her son Ferdinand, and used for years as a country residence by the Hapsburgs. The plan of the Villa is characteristic of Roman villas, with a central building and two wings at right angles. The eastern façade, preceded by a flight of stairs, is the most important; the main courtyard, which is located between the two arms of the building, is enclosed by a railing of golden spears, built after a popular uprising that brought the insurgents to the gates of the Villa. Noteworthy are also the Hall of Honour, the apartments of Umberto I and Margherita of Savoy, the Royal Chapel, the Court Theatre and the Rotonda, frescoed by Appiani in 1789 with episodes from the story of Cupid and Psyche.

A decidedly positive feature is the local food. Wholesome, natural and sophisticated at the same time, Brianzan cuisine is closely tied to the land and the traditions of the countryside. Local food is low on ingredients but rich in flavour: among the specialities, you must try polenta vonscia, polenta conscia, lardo soup and Luganega sausage. What are you waiting for? Take a look at our holiday packages to Monza today and get ready for your next unforgettable adventure!

Hotel de la Ville
Hotel de la Ville
4 out of 5
Viale Regina Margherita di Savoia 15, Monza, MB
The price is £100 per night from 25 Apr to 26 Apr
Located in the heart of Monza, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Royal Villa of Monza and Monza Cathedral. Autodromo Nazionale Monza and Pinacoteca ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (273 reviews)
"Carpet in the hallway is old with some hikes in it"

Reviewed on 17 Feb 2020

Hotel de la Ville
Helios Hotel Monza
Helios Hotel Monza
4 out of 5
Viale Elvezia, 4, Monza, MB
The price is £74 per night from 23 Apr to 24 Apr
Situated in Monza, this golf hotel is 1 mi (1.6 km) from Royal Villa of Monza and 2.8 mi (4.5 km) from Autodromo Nazionale Monza. Monza Park and Monza Cathedral ...
Helios Hotel Monza
A46 Foresteria Lombarda
A46 Foresteria Lombarda
Via Sant'Alessandro 46, Monza, Provincia di Monza e della Brianza
The price is £36 per night from 21 Apr to 22 Apr
Situated in the suburbs, this guesthouse is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Auchan and within 3 miles (5 km) of Monza Cathedral and Royal Villa of Monza. Viale Monza is ...
4/5Very Good! (3 reviews)
Essenziale
"Essenziale x le spettative"

Reviewed on 20 Sep 2020

A46 Foresteria Lombarda
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Residence Le Querce Monza
Residence Le Querce Monza
Via Antonio Cederna 35, Monza, Monza and Brianza
The price is £65 per night from 25 Apr to 26 Apr
Situated in Monza, this apartment building is 1.4 mi (2.2 km) from Monza Cathedral and 1.9 mi (3 km) from Acquaworld. Royal Villa of Monza and Monza Park are ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (82 reviews)
"Very clean, modern looking property. Fully stocked for self catering with a large supermarket next door. Also has a great restaurant on the complex."

Reviewed on 24 Sep 2019

Residence Le Querce Monza
Beautiful one Bedroom Apartment on the top Floor With Terrace
Beautiful one Bedroom Apartment on the top Floor With Terrace
Via Einstein, Monza, Lombardy
Situated in Monza, this apartment building is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) from Monza Cathedral and within 3 miles (5 km) of Autodromo Nazionale Monza and Acquaworld. Royal ...
Beautiful one Bedroom Apartment on the top Floor With Terrace
Italianway - Cederna Apartments
Italianway - Cederna Apartments
Via A. Cederna 35, Monza, Provincia di Monza e della Brianza
Situated in Monza, this apartment building is 1.4 mi (2.2 km) from Monza Cathedral and 2 mi (3.1 km) from Acquaworld. Royal Villa of Monza and Monza Park are ...
Italianway - Cederna Apartments
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Sam

10 Sep 2019

Try and look some Italian up before you go as Menus hard to read and not much English spoken in certain places

5/5 - Excellent

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10 Sep 2019

Excellent coffee. Good location for F1. Restaurant on corner of square was very busy, under staffed and overpriced.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

7 Jul 2019

Went for a particular reason ( visit the circuit) but there was much more to do in the area, good place to go as a base if you want to tour the area

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

1 Mar 2019

Very welcoming people and the reason for my visit was to meet our distributor who could not do enough to make me feel welcome

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