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The Royal Palace

Beyond the Duomo: come in and visit the Royal Palace as well

Your historical centre tour will lead you to another of the city’s outstanding seats of power: Milan's Royal Palace, located right opposite the Duomo.

A little history

To track the origins of   Milan's Royal Palace you would have to go back to the Middle Ages, more precisely to the age of the Communes, when it was known as Palazzo del Broletto Vecchio.
Later on, with the advent of the Signoria, it was renamed Palazzo Ducale. It was the French, and then the Spanish, who moved in with their entourage, to turn it into a true Royal Palace.
Following centuries of stalemate, serious damage and fires, in the 1700s the Royal Place thrived under the Habsburg domination, even hosting the Court Theatre (which after a terrible fire was relocated in the present Teatro alla Scala theatre), and then experience Napoleon’s rule and the Restoration period. 

Things to see

  • Hall of Caryatids
    The highly evocative Hall of Caryatids, surely really sumptuous and imposing in the past, was irremediably damaged by disastrous bombing in 1943. It is situated on the piano nobile of the Royal Palace and you can now see its remains, consolidated and partly revived by thorough restoration. 
  • The Enlightenment halls
    A project which was never completed focused on the creation of a kind of Royal Palace Museum highlighting the different stages of the Royal Palace over history. Currently, following restoration works, you can visit the halls dating back to the reconstruction by Piermarini to the Napoleonic period - the years during which the Enlightened city was extremly influential throughout Europe.
  • Cultural Centre and Exhibitions
    Nowadays Milan's Royal Palace, thanks to a positive and valuable synergy involving other exhibition  venues such as  Rotonda della Besana,  Palazzo della Ragione and, above all,  Palazzo dell’Arengario, stands as a landmark for Milan's cultural scene, hosting international art exhibits.

How to reach it from Hotel Canada

Milan's Royal Palace is situated opposite the Duomo, which means within walking distance from our   extremely central hotel.

Check out this specific itinerary and discover how close it is .

› Do not miss out on the opportunity to visit Milan's Sforza Castle as well
› Culture plus shopping bonanza
" We found the staff to be extremely friendly and helpful. The breakfast was exceptional, with a great choice and a great latte to start the day. Our room was so tastefully decorated and very clean. Location is close to metro and nearby restaurants. On return to Milan, we would definitely stay here again. "
lozimont | Melbourne, Australia
16/06/2013
" posizione centrale e ben collegata. vicinanza al luogo di nostro interesse. colazione assortita e di buona qualità. prezzo contenuto. "
Salvatore | Palermo
30/05/2013
" é stata davvero una piacevole esperienza: albergo molto pulito, in posizione molto comoda, tanto da consentire di raggiungere a piedi le principali attrazioni turistiche.Stanze ben arredate. colazione ricca e di qualità. personale molto gentile e disponibile "
emilyd26 | Trieste, Italia
18/05/2013
" Stanze molto pulite, colazione varia ed abbondante e personale molto gentile e professionale. "
Riccardo | Cagliari, Italia
11/05/2013
" Short walk to Milano Cathedral and great shopping. Reception staff had great English. The room was adorable and the bathroom lots of little touches not found at other hotels. Bed and linen were first class. One of the best breakfasts on our travels. Thank you Hotel Canada. "
Yasna H |
19/05/2013
" Great hotel with friendly, helpful staff. Rooms were clean and comfortable. Breakfast buffet was excellent. Walking distance to Duomo and main attractions downtown Milan. "
Lois | Canada
24/05/2013
" the staff is very friendly and professional. The hotel is clean and the room was adequate and comfortable. We really enjoyed the breakfast. The hotel is located near metro, tram and in walking distance to shopping and restaurants "
Pia | Svezia
23/05/2013
" Tutto ciò che serve, ad ottimo livello.
Ottima posizione centrale, simpatia e professionalità del personale, camere di dimensione sufficiente, bagno pulito e confortevole, colazione ottima: nulla è fuori posto; si avverte efficienza e professionalità. "
Lino29 | Napoli, Italia
16/05/2013
" Rimodernato, funzionale, pulito, ottima posizione. Accoglienza e professionalità. Tutto funziona senza smagliature. "
Illuminato | Napoli, Italia
17/05/2013
" Clean, modern and is about 10 minutes walking from the Duomo (if you don't want to walk, you can use the Metro, which is pretty close). The breakfast was OK and the stuff was very friendly. "
ENK74 | Bat Yam, Israele
13/06/2013