Yesterday I’ve guided a group of chinese architects and designer to one of the most beautiful places in Milan: Villa Necchi Campiglio. The Villa has been committed by the Necchi’s family and constructed between 1932 and 1935 by the milanese architect Piero Portaluppi. In the early 2000s, it’s been donated to the FAI – Fondo Ambiente Italiano and, after some renovations, it’s now completely intact, both outside (with its amazing yard, tennis court and pool) and inside (with its rich succession of rooms, architecture, decorative arts, furnishing and collections), expression of the high standard of living of the owners, who belonged to the upper middle class of Lombard industrial families.

At the same time, the fervor of daily activity is adequately witnessed by the service areas of the house, the pantry, the kitchens and bathrooms, all still graced with their original facilities. In addition, two important donations enrich the visit: Claudia Gian Ferrari’s collection of early 20th century art and Alighiero De’ Micheli’s collection of 18th century paintings and decorative arts.

It’s a very nice place to visit in Milan, able to tell, throught its interiors, a certain and peculiar way of living of the past.

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