• Religious Tourism
    • Art & Culture

Duomo di Monza

A history of more than 1400 years and a priceless treasure are kept in the basilica dedicated to St. John the Baptist.

Where
Monza
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The Duomo di Monza was originally built as a chapel at the end of the 6th century by Queen Theodelinda, the wife of King of the Lombards Authari and later of Agilulf.

It was situated near to the royal palace, in an area on the outskirts of the small town of Monza, a short distance from the River Lambro.

The basilica had certainly already been constructed in 603, when the abbot Secundus of Non baptised the heir to the Lombard throne Adaloald there. The basilica had links with both Saint John the Baptist (to whom the queen would very probably have prayed for motherhood) and the papacy in Rome – particularly Pope Gregory I.

The queen played a key role in converting the Lombards from Arian Christianity to Catholicism, a complex process which would only be complete a century later, under the reign of King Liutprand. The Church thus played the role of "shrine" for the Lombard Kingdom and Theodelinda was later honoured with the Theodelinda Chapel, also known as the Zavattari Chapel.

The Treasury holds extraordinary testimony of the first few centuries of the cathedral's life, containing as it does many liturgical artefacts and donations made by the queen, who would be buried in the cathedral after her death. The Treasury also contains gold and ivory donated by King Berengar at the start of the 10th century.

The transformation of the cathedral from the old basilica to the current Duomo came between the 13th and 14th centuries, under the rule of the House of Visconti. It is no coincidence that the crucial year was 1300 – the year of the "great pardon" and the first Jubilee as proclaimed by Pope Boniface VIII.

The architect, Matteo da Campione, certainly lived up to the Visconti's aspirations to build a great basilica for imperial coronations. According to Germanic traditions, emperors had to accept three crowns: the silver crown in Aachen, the golden crown in Rome and the "Iron" Crown in Monza (or Milan).

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Places

Chapel of teodolinda

In the Cathedral of Monza, a chapel tells the story of Queen Teodolinda.
  • Religious Tourism
Chapel of Teodolinda
45 mt

From the pulpit: Monza’s Arengario

  • Art & Culture
From the pulpit: Monza’s Arengario
114 mt

Design in a Royal Palace

200 pieces that have made the history of design. From Gio Ponti to Bruno Munari, to emerging designers in the Monza Museum of Design
  • Art & Culture
Design in a Royal Palace
1.08 km

Royal gardens of monza

40 hectares for romantic walks, between art and nature. The Monza Royal Gardens also contain a charming rose garden.
  • Active & Green
Royal gardens of monza
1.09 km

Royal Villa of Monza and gardens

  • Art & Culture
Royal Villa of Monza and gardens
1.12 km

Monza Park

  • Active & Green
Monza Park
2.74 km

Golf Club Milano

A prestigious Golf Club Milano with a superb 27-hole course and one of the most beautiful Club Houses in Europe.
  • Golf
Golf Club Milano, Parco Reale di Monza (MB)
3.83 km

Among Art and Design in Lissone

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Contemporary art Museum, Museums in Monza
4.07 km

Villa Cusani Tittoni Traversi

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Molinetto Country Club

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Molinetto Country Club, Cernusco sul Naviglio (MI)
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Villa Alari Visconti

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Villa Alari Visconti
8.03 km

Villa Manzoni in Lecco

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Villa Manzoni in Lecco
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Golf Brianza Country Club
9.4 km

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Milan Central Station
12.31 km

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Planetarium

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Planetarium, discover the cosmos
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Indro Montanelli Gardens

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Indro Montanelli Gardens
13.5 km

Villa Belgiojoso Bonaparte

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Villa Belgiojoso Bonaparte, Milan's Royal Mansion
13.61 km

GAM

It hosts masterpieces from the neoclassical age to Lombard romanticism with Hayez, up to the most famous works of Scapigliatura
  • Art & Culture
GAM, Modern Art Gallery
13.64 km

Events

26° Th Rina Sala Gallo Piano Competition

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via Manzoni, Monza
27/09/2020 - 04/10/2020
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Concorso pianistico
347 mt

Biennale Giovani Monza 2019

Orangerie della Reggia di Monza
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26/10/2019 - 12/01/2020
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Orangerie roseto
1.14 km

Walking groups

Cascina San Fedele
Viale Cavriga
12/04/2019 - 27/09/2019
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Walking groups
1.91 km

Formula 1 Grand Prix and Monza GP

Autodromo Nazionale Monza
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06/09/2019 - 08/09/2019
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Formula 1 Grand Prix and Monza GP
4.31 km

Leonardo in Villa

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04/10/2019 - 29/10/2019
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Leonardo da Vinci
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Piazza San Michele
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06/09/2019 - 09/09/2019
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Sagra patata
7.08 km

The medieval night of Vimercate

Piazza Castellana
Vimercate (MB)
21/09/2019 - 22/09/2019
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Ponte San Rocco Vimercate
8.04 km

Concorso Pozzoli e OltreilPozzoli

Sedi Varie
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Expo Brianza

Area Fiere
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Eventi sfilata moda
10.27 km

Cesano Maderno European Market – 16th year

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SEBINO EXPRESS – TRENO BLU

Sedi varie
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SEBINO EXPRESS – TRENO BLU
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Beer in Villa 23/08

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Beer in Villa 30/08

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Beer in Villa 30/08
14.26 km

Public Opening 1/09

Villa Arconati
Via Fametta
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14.26 km

Beer in Villa 6/09

Villa Arconati
Via Fametta
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14.26 km

Public Opening 8/09

Villa Arconati
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14.26 km

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8.16 km

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  • Art & Culture
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8.28 km

Percorsi creativi in Pirelli HangarBicocca: Misteriosi orizzonti (6-10 anni)

  • Art & Culture
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Membership card Pirelli HangarBicocca

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8.28 km

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  • Art & Culture
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8.28 km

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  • Art & Culture
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8.28 km

Creative sessions in Pirelli HangarBicocca: Every tower tells a story (6-8 years)

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8.28 km

EUROPE BACHATA FESTIVAL Multidays Pass

EUROPE BACHATA FESTIVAL Multidays Pass
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Rent a scooter 125cc and enjoy Milan

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Rent a scooter 125cc and enjoy Milan
11.33 km

The Gorgonzola and the Marquise: cheese for poor people at a nobles banquet (VIP)

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The Gorgonzola and the Marquise: cheese for poor people at a nobles banquet (VIP)
11.85 km

Handmade Pasta cooking class in Milan

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Handmade Pasta cooking class in Milan
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Porta Nuova walking experience

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Porta Nuova walking experience
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Porta Nuova and CityLife walking experience

  • Art & Culture
Porta Nuova and CityLife walking experience
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Porta Nuova walking tour and food tasting

  • Art & Culture
Porta Nuova walking tour and food tasting
12.64 km

Where to sleep

NINE HOTEL

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NINE HOTEL
129 mt

ALBERGO FANTELLO

Monza
ALBERGO FANTELLO
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CAV PIAZZA TRENTO 11

Monza
CAV PIAZZA TRENTO 11
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CAV ARENGARIO

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CAV ARENGARIO
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236 mt

HOTEL KAROL

Monza
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338 mt

ANTICA TRATTORIA DELL'UVA

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ANTICA TRATTORIA DELL'UVA
372 mt

LOCANDA DELL'UVA

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LOCANDA DELL'UVA
381 mt

HOTEL ROYAL FALCONE

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HOTEL ROYAL FALCONE
472 mt

CAV RESIDENZA LAMBRETTO

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CAV RESIDENZA LAMBRETTO
477 mt

FORESTERIA LOMBARDA ABBATTISTA ANTONIO

Monza
FORESTERIA LOMBARDA ABBATTISTA ANTONIO
485 mt

CAV PESA DEL LINO

Monza
CAV PESA DEL LINO
507 mt

CAV WEINSTOCK AROLDI

Monza
CAV WEINSTOCK AROLDI
543 mt

CAV CAIROLI APARTMENT

Monza
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684 mt

B&B S. BIAGIO

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691 mt

CAV PISTOIA

Monza
CAV PISTOIA
727 mt

CAV ALESSANDRA MONICA ROSA

Monza
CAV ALESSANDRA MONICA ROSA
767 mt

B&B CASA LETIZIA

Monza
B&B CASA LETIZIA
819 mt

FORESTERIA LOMBARDA AROSIO

Monza
FORESTERIA LOMBARDA AROSIO
828 mt

CAV VIA MARSALA

Monza
CAV VIA MARSALA
856 mt