Museo Bagatti Valsecchi

Originally the Bagatti brother's house, it contains Renaissance furnishings, tapestries and art works.

TravelCurious Tip

Compare this museum with another, Villa Necchi Campiglio — a similar project, only from fifty years down the line

This 19th century historic house museum is located in the Golden Quadrilateral, Milan’s fashion district. It houses a famous collection put together by the Barons Fausto and Giuseppe Bagatti Valsecchi to be displayed to the public. The museum is found on the “noble” floor of their mansion, designed in the 1880s in the Neo-Renaissance style, with the sumptuous rooms inspired by the taste of the Lombard Renaissance.

The setting is fit for the treasures it holds: the luxurious synergy between the two is impressive. The collection, spread throughout 17 rooms, consists of the whole range of Italian Renaissance decorative arts. Paintings by old masters such as Giovanni Bellini and Giampietrino can be found alongside 15th century furnishings, Renaissance glasswork, carved ivory artefacts and all sorts of showy weaponry and armour. It could be chaotic, but it’s not: every room is masterfully curated.

Renaissance Men

The Bagatti Valsecchi brothers were born a few centuries too late. The whole enterprise is a hark back to the Renaissance, an attempt to resurrect a bygone era. They even had the house’s period stone bath retrofitted for running water — quite the anachronism.

Nearby Attractions

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The Theatre la Scala
An iconic theatre built in 1778 which has consistently held the most famous opera and ballet performances.
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
One of the world's oldest shopping malls, this vast emporium is known locally as "Milan's drawing room".
Milan Cathedral
This spectacular Gothic cathedral, took 600 years to build. With Napolean finishing the facade in 1805.
Brera Palace
A neoclassical structure containing the Pinacoteca di Brera, an art gallery showing Milan's most famous work.
Quadrilatero d'oro
The local name for the four streets that contain the world's most famous up-market shopping district.
Museo Poldi Pezzoli
Founded by Gian Poldi Pezzoli this art museum holds a wide variety of Italian and Northern European work.

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Milan's Artistic Renaissance
In this four hour walking tour, your expert local guide will direct you to some of the most important historical and cultural sites of this magnificent city. 

  • Commence your tour by experiencing the Museum Poldi Pezzoli, learning about Italian art history
  • Explore the Museum Bagatti Valsecchi, which contains a huge collection o f Renaissance art and artefacts 
  • Enjoy Milan's fashion quarter, Quadrilatero d'oro
  • Stop by the San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore, a royal chapel
Getting to Know Milan

Milan is a vast, modern city which plays an important role as an Italian economic and industrial hub. However behind this industrious veneer lies a city steeped in history, culture and fashion. The majestic churches and cathedrals contain stunning frescos and architecture that cannot be missed. In addition, the art collections found in Milan boast a wide variety of work, this tour explores some of the most important rich artistic heritage that this city is so famous for.

The Heart of Milan

Experience the Museo Poldi Pezzoli, founded by Gian Poldi Pezzoli. This art museum holds a wide variety of Italian and Northern European work. Explore the Museo Bagatti Valsecchi, originally founded by the Bagatti brothers, who were fascinated by the artistic products of the Renaissance era and began a collection of Renaissance furnishings, tapestries, and a multitude of other art works.

Concluding your tour you will endeavour to get to the heart of Milan’s fashion at the Quadrilatero d'oro, the world's most famous upmarket shopping district. Visit the San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore, a royal chapel built in the 16th Century, with stunning frescos that often go missed by travellers.

Travel Curious Tip: Remember to purchase postcards in the gallery gift shops to send home to family and friends!

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