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What to do and see in Monza and Brianza

Monza

Located in the heart of Brianza, on the banks of the River Lambro, the city of Monza houses in the historical center interesting monuments to visit, including the cathedral dedicated to St. John the Baptist, built between the fourteenth and the seventeenth century, that holds within it the Iron Crown, rich in precious gems (according to tradition was made by a nail from the cross of Christ). The cathedral treasury is preserved in the Museum Serpero. Among other religious buildings there are the Santa Maria delle Grazie and the Church of St. Blaise. While, as far as the civil architecture not to be missed is the Villa Reale, one of the most important monument of Monza, built by the Empress Maria Theresa of Austria, who gave it to his son, Archduke Ferdinand. Built in neoclassical style by Piermarini at the end of the eighteenth century, it is characterized by a sumptuous interior with the court theater, the hemispherical room, the chapel, the main hall of the Municipal Art Gallery. Also visit Villa Mirabello which was built during 1600 and is the oldest building in the park of Monza. Symbol of the city of Monza is the Autodromo, whose street circuit has been continuously modified to equip the circuit with the most modern infrastructure. In the rest of province, you can visit the town of Oreno, known for its courtyards and its farmhouses that alternate with beautiful villas like Villa Gallarati Scotti and Borromeo Villa. In Vimercate you can admire Villa Sottocasa, neoclassical, historical residence of Barbarossa and Bernabo Visconti.

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