Built between 1790 and 1796 as mansion of count Ludovico Barbiano di Belgioioso, Villa Reale or Villa Belgioioso is one of the most important Milanese Neoclassical monuments. The three floors building was built in a strategic position between the city centre and the way of Porta Orientale (Corso Venezia), the entrance to the city coming from the North.
On the back, from where you can enter the Galleria d’Arte Moderna, the magnificent gardens of Villa Reale have an extension up to 24.000 square metres, with its lake, bridges and small caves. In 1802, after the death of Ludovico Belgioioso, Villa Reale was bought by the Italian Republic and it became one of the residences of Napoleon.
In 1920 it was bought by the Municipality and the following year Modern Art collections were housed into the Villa. You can visit Neoclassical and Romantic Age collections, and superb masterpieces of the Grassi and Vismara collections. In 1951 the Contemporary Art Pavilion (PAC) was added to the Villa and it hosts worldwide temporary art exhibitions.