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Museo Poldi Pezzoli

Founded by Gian Poldi Pezzoli this art museum holds a wide variety of Italian and Northern European work.

TravelCurious Tip

You don’t need to look elsewhere for a restaurant — the museum’s Pollaiolo Terrace is a lovely spot for a meal

The Museo Poldi Pezzoli began as the private collection of Gian Giacomo Poldi Pezzoli and his mother, Rosa Trivulzio. Having inherited a ludicrous fortune at a young age, Giacomo Poldi dedicated himself to a life of culture and carousing. His mother arranged the finest education possible for him, and his tastes were refined. Over the course of his life he accrued a truly remarkable collection of art.


During the 19th century the palace was rebuilt in its current Neoclassical style. During his travels in Europe Giacomo Poldi had been inspired by the house museum that was to become London’s V&A, and so on his return he had the rooms within restyled to match the paintings hung on the walls. In his will, Pezzoli left the house and its contents to the Brera academy; it was opened as a museum to the public in 1881.


The highlight of the museum its its impressive collection of Renaissance Italian paintings which includes masterpieces from Botticelli, Mantegna, Piero della Francesca and Tiepolo, among others. Besides the paintings, Giacomo Poldi also had an eye for all manners of other treasures, including porcelain, watches, jewels, tapestries and suits of armour. It’s an exquisite collection, housed in an equally beautiful environment.

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

Related Tours

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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it gives art enthusiasts an informative and lively tour of Milan's finest artwork.
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