FAMOUS OR UNKNOWN MILANESE PLACES TO BE DISCOVERED
Milan peculiar water system
Discover old Milan and its rhymes and rhythms marked by the flowing of water along its canals, a hidden and lost treasure of history, memory and peculiarities of a city born on water.
ART NOUVEAU IN MILAN
Il sistema delle acque a Milano
Art nouveau is, among architectonic styles, one of great charm: its curved lines applied to buildings and decorations, its shapes directly inspired by nature, its combination of cement, stuccoes and wrought iron, the colourful tile coatings make it a pleasure to stroll around on a ‘treasure hunt’ that will bring us in a district of the city that developed on the verge of 20th century.
THE THEATRE ALLA SCALA
Lean out from its boxes and experience the unique emotion of seeing the ‘best theatre in the world’ according to Stendhal; discover all the technological improvements that made it a real engineering jewel, and learn more about the great protagonists of the most famous theatre in the world.
THE MONUMENTAL CEMETERY BETWEEN ART AND HISTORY
The Monumental Cemetery is a truly open air museum mostly made by a rich combination of remarkable sculptures and architectures, that have been decorating it from 1866 down to our days. The visit starts from the Famedio, with its famous people burials and then brings us along the alleys of this beautiful park where human creativity in interpreting death is really at its best.
THE MUSEUM OF MILAN
Views of a long-lost city
Discover the city as it was in the 17th – 19th centuries through the images painted by the best local artists of the time, in the beautiful rooms of the Museo di Milano, once an aristocratic mansion that, along with its furniture, has kept all its charm intact: Palazzo Morando Attendolo Bolognini.
THE CITY AND ITS PALACES: A STORY OF POWER AND FINANCE
Learn more about the past and recent history of Milan and its financial district, where important buildings and palaces did incarnate, and still do, the very essence of political and economic power of the city. Different architectonic styles that represent the official image of powerful social classes: from aristocracy to 19th century bourgeoisie, to modern holdings located in historical settings.
TIEPOLO IN THE 18TH CENTURY MILAN
In 1731 Tiepolo achieved its first important painted cycle decorating Palazzo Archinto. Fame and success that followed led the Venetian painter towards other remarkable works such as the frescoes for Palazzo Casati-Dugnani, the Chapel of San Satiro in the Basilica of Sant’Ambrogio, Palazzo Isimbardi … down to his more stunning work still visible on the ceiling of a room in Palazzo Clerici.
MILAN, MANZONI, THE BETROTHED
Let’s follow Renzo Tramaglino, one of the main characters of Manzoni’s book, in his discovery of 17th century Milan. With the help of some readings we will stroll around in the city to end up in the original house of the great Milanese writer himself.
THE HOUSE MUSEUMS: HISTORY, ART, ANECDOTES AND COLLECTORS’ PASSIONS
Milan has four different house-museums covering a whole range of architectonic solutions and collections: two are noble 19th century palaces located down town, two are bourgeois mansions; of the latter, one is a flat near Corso Buenos Aires (a well-known shopping street) and another is a proper villa, immersed in the green of its unexpected garden, 500 metres from the cathedral.
THE NOBLE POLDI PEZZOLI MANSION AND ITS OWNER’S COLLECTION
Let’s breathe in the passion for heterogeneous collections in the very house where the owner did accumulate them, letting the precious furniture, paintings, carved objects, jewels bring us back to 19th century aristocratic way of life.
FAUSTO AND GIUSEPPE BAGATTI VALSECCHI’S DREAM
“Welcoming as a house, interesting as a museum, intriguing as an adventure”: this was the slogan that in November 1994 invited visitors to share the dream of the Bagatti Valsecchi brothers to turn their modern 19th century house into an incredible simulacrum of a perfectly renaissance mansion, down town Milan.
THE BOSCHI DI STEFANO HOUSE MUSEUM
Come to a fascinating visit through the rooms of this middle class flat, built in the thirties, now turned into a house museum, where one of the most important modern art collections, gathered by the owners of the flat, Antonio Boschi e Marieda Di Stefano, is still there to be admired.
VILLA NECCHI CAMPIGLIO
Built in the thirties, this villa is an extraordinary mansion right in the heart of the city where a rich family gave total freedom to its architect to combine precious materials and luxury furniture with great comfort.