The Villa Reale of Monza was built between 1777 and 1780 by the imperial and royal architect Giuseppe Piermarini, and is an example of rational neoclassic architecture.
The style of the building is stately and elegant yet also linear and practical with three main bodies forming a U shape, with side wings at right angles to the central body. There are close to 700 rooms.
The main focus of the renovation project were the two floors of the main building that contain the royal and private apartments (of former sovereigns). The side wings were reserved for accommodation while the mezzanines were for service staff. The approach to renovation was to exert utmost care and respect for the existing rooms, with minimal intervention. Today, the structure and distribution of the Villa Reale stands true to its original design.
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