Museo Bagatti Valsecchi

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Museo Bagatti-Valsecchi Photo © Museo Bagatti-Valsecchi

Museo Bagatti-Valsecchi Photo © Museo Bagatti-Valsecchi

Leave the 21st century behind, and step into the luxurious surroundings of the late 19th century Bagatti Valsecchi mansion in the heart of chic downtown Milan. The barons Fausto and Giuseppe Bagatti Valsecchi collected Italian Renaissance art and decorative arts to furnish their family home that they remodeled in the Neo-Renaissance style, and inaugurated in 1883 for the wedding of Giuseppe Bagatti Valsecchi and Carolina of the renowned and powerful Borromeo family. Evocative environments preserve the precious Italian Renaissance art and furnishings just as they were: panel paintings including a Giovanni Bellini, maiolica, furniture, arms and armor, glass, tapestries, ivory, sculpture and gilded and wrought metal and wooden objects.

Salone - Photo © Museo Bagatti Valsecchi

Salone – Photo © Museo Bagatti Valsecchi

Opened to the public in 1994, the extra ordinary Bagatti Valsecchi Museum is one of Europe’s most important and best preserved historic house musums. Activities and temporary exhibits for adults and children bring the museum alive. Audio guides in Italian, English, French and Japanese are available free-of-charge with ticket purchase, while each room offers information cards in Italian, English, German, Franch, Spanish and Japanese (other languages for both in progress). The free museum e-mail newsletter available in Italian or English keeps fans updated. The Bagatti Valsecchi Museum is a “must-see” for those wishing to understand modern post-Unification Milan and Italy.

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