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Palazzo Reale

The lavish rooms of Milan’s royal palace have been converted into some of the city’s best art spaces, regularly featuring groundbreaking exhibitions.

The Palazzo Reale is an important cultural center, hosting a number of museums and exhibition spaces. For centuries this royal palace was home to the government of Milan. Today the palace stands in the shadow of the Duomo; its architecture is in stark contrast to the towering cathedral. While the Palazzo’s facade is comparatively modest, its elegant interior is fit for a king. Visit the palace to discover the history of Milan, see famous artwork from across Italy or simply admire the lavish interior design.

Start with a visit to the Palace Museum. Here you can learn about the city, the palace and the people who lived there. The museum is divided into four sections, each covering a different period of Milanese history. Learn about the Neoclassical, Napoleonic and Restoration periods in Italian history as you walk through the refurbished rooms of the palace. The final section explores the unification of Italy and is important in understanding the role of Milan in the 21st century.

The structure survived World War II bombing in 1943. Picasso displayed his anti-war painting Guernica here in the 1950s. Now each year over 1,500 masterpieces from world museums are displayed in the 75,000-square-foot (7,000-square-meter) exhibit spaces within the palace. Check the website for current exhibits, ranging from Modigliani to Bob Dylan to Monet.

After you’ve explored the interior, walk through the great courtyards of the palace. Here’ll you’ll have a unique look at the Duomo, a view most city visitors don’t get. Snap a photo of yourself in front of the huge cathedral before moving on to explore the city.

The Palazzo Reale is located on the Piazza del Duomo and is easily reached on foot from many downtown hotels. Catch the train here from further afield and get off at the Duomo metro station. The palace is open daily and an admission fee applies.


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Largo Augusto, 10, Milan, MI
     
    5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Milan Centre, this hotel is 2.1 mi (3.5 km) from MUDEC - Museo delle Culture. San Babila Station is 6 minutes by foot and Duomo Station is 10 minutes.

    Hotel Dei Cavalieri £112
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    Piazza Giuseppe Missori 1, Milan, MI
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Milan Centre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Torre Velasca and Palazzo Reale. Piazza del Duomo and Cathedral of Milan are also within 10 minutes. Missori Station is only a 2-minute walk and Duomo Station is 6 minutes.

      Rosa Grand Milano - Starhotels Collezione £105
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      P.za Fontana 3, Milan, MI
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Milan Centre, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Palazzo Reale, Piazza del Duomo, and Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. Cathedral of Milan and Teatro alla Scala are also within 10 minutes. Duomo Station is 6 minutes by foot and San Babila Station is 7 minutes.

        Duomo Hotel & Apartments £87
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        Via San Paolo 13, Milan, Lombardia
           
          0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Milan Centre, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Via Montenapoleone Fashion District, Teatro alla Scala and Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. Cathedral of Milan and Piazza del Duomo are also within 10 minutes. San Babila Station is 6 minutes by foot and Montenapoleone Station is 7 minutes.

          Montenapoleone Suites £111
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          Via Santa Cecilia, 4, Milan, MI
             
            0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Milan Centre, this guesthouse is within a 15-minute walk of Piazza San Babila, Teatro alla Scala and Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. Piazza del Duomo and Palazzo Reale are also within 15 minutes. San Babila Station is only a 3-minute walk and Palestro Station is 8 minutes.

            Hemeras Boutique House Aparthotel Piazza Diaz £62
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            Via Cannobio 8, Milan
               
              0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Milan Centre, this apartment building is steps away from Torre Velasca and Palazzo Reale. Piazza del Duomo and Cathedral of Milan are also within 10 minutes. Missori Station is only a 3-minute walk and Duomo Station is 7 minutes.

              The Square Milano Duomo £130
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              Via Alberico Albricci, 2-4, Milan, MI
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Milan Centre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Torre Velasca and Palazzo Reale. Piazza del Duomo and Cathedral of Milan are also within 10 minutes. Missori Station is only a 2-minute walk and Duomo Station is 6 minutes.

                Uptown Palace £97
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                Uptown Palace

                Via Santa Sofia N.10, Milan, MI
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Milan Centre, this romantic hotel is within a 15-minute walk of University of Milan, Piazza del Duomo and Palazzo Reale. Bocconi University and Cathedral of Milan are also within 1 mile (2 km). Crocetta Station is only a 4-minute walk and Missori Station is 8 minutes.