Fodor's Expert Review GAM: Galleria d'Arte Moderna/Villa Reale
One of the city's most beautiful buildings is an outstanding example of Neoclassical architecture, built between 1790 and 1796 as a residence for a member of the Belgioioso family. After it was donated to Napoléon, who lived here briefly with Empress Josephine, it became known as the Villa Reale. Its residential origins are evident in its elegant proportions and private back garden. The museum provides a unique glimpse of the splendors hiding behind Milan's discreet and often stern facades. The collection consists of works donated by prominent Milanese art collectors. It emphasizes 18th- and 19th-century Italian works, but also has a smattering of 20th-century Italian pieces as well as some international works by Van Gogh and Picasso, among others.