the royal palace

The Royal Palace is a must see in Milano.

To be honest, people who come to Milan usually don’t expect find such a formidable artistic presence, so discovering it can be even more gratifying. Unfortunately, Milan’s layout can feel disjointed cause the city grew through fits and starts to building and rebuilding. This because bombing in 1943 damaged its monuments greatly, perhaps more than those of any other Italian city. It is mostly left up to the museums, densely packed throughout the city’s historic center to maintain the connective tissue that expresses the history, culture, society, trafition and creativity of Milan.

Few cities in the world can offer the variety that Milan can, which testifies to the fact that Milan has always known how to cultivate and mantain its collective memory with loving care

Subsequent to the alternation of power between the French and the Sforzas, in 1535 Milan passed into Spanish rule and remained so until 1714. The city faced some difficult years; it was afflicted by two outbreaks of the plague, the most serious of which was described in the famous novel by Alessandro Manzoni I Promessi Sposi (The Betrothed).

leonardo da vinciThe new governors took up residence the Palace and embarked upon major renovation and expansion works. The first theatre in Milan was built in its interior (1594), however, it was destroyed by fire in 1659 and rebuilt only in 1717 then, finally, its demolition was authorized in 1776 and the simultaneous construction of the famous existing Teatro alla Scala was commissioned.

Leonardo Da Vinci spent much of his career in Lombardy during two long stays. For more than two decades, Milan served as the grat artist’s laboratory, where he found not only economic stability  and prestigious assignments, but a lively cultural atmosphere and several books and other modern means he required to conduct his scientific research. 

The Royal Palace became a key political centre during the rules of the Torriani, Visconti and Sforza households. After the construction of the Cathedral, the palace was heavily renovated under the government of Francesco Sforza.

Next year the Royal Palace will host two important exhibitions: the first is “La Cena di Leonardo per Francesco I: un capolavoro in seta e argento” about the time – in 1516 – Leonardo met Francis I, the new king of France, and in which it will be possible to admire the precious tapestry that reproduces the fresco of Santa Maria delle Grazie, one of the very first copies of The Last Supper.

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