Italy’s first Triennale took place in 1923 in Monza. It aimed to promote interest in Italian design and applied arts, from ‘the spoon to the city,’ and its success led to the creation of Giovanni Muzio’s Palazzo d’Arte in Milan in 1933. Since then this exhibition space has championed design in all its forms, although the triennale formula has since been replaced by long annual events, with international exhibits as part of the program.

In the garden, seek out de Chirico's Fontana dei Bagni Misteriosi (Fountain of Mysterious Baths; 1973), designed for the 1973 Triennale.