Palazzo Reale is the heart of the Milan exhibition system and every year offers great exhibitions created in collaboration with the most qualified experts in art history and with important museums and national and international cultural institutions.
The program attracts more than one million visitors per year, demonstrating the success of the initiatives and the quality of the services offered.
The history of Palazzo Reale is inextricably linked to that of the city of Milan. Seat of the government of the city in the late Middle Ages, it strengthened the role of political center with the lords of the Torriani, Visconti and Sforza. Towards the end of the 18th century the great neoclassical transformation by Giuseppe Piermarini took place, which designed the monumental staircase and the neoclassical facade on Piazza Duomo. Palace of the rulers, from Maria Teresa of Austria to Napoleon, from Ferdinand I to the Savoy kings of Italy, is enriched over time by the work of illustrious artisans and artists.
Open to the citizens since 1919, with the bombings of 1943 it loses most of its treasures: entire rooms are destroyed and among these is the great Hall of Caryatids. Some of these rooms are now visible again thanks to the restoration projects that gave back the centrality of its role in the cultural life of Milan.