Bagatti Valsecchi Museum, Milan

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Roll back the centuries and immerse yourself in the world of the Italian Renaissance at Bagatti Valsecchi Museum. Located in a historical mansion in the center of Milan, the museum brings the Renaissance period to life through a comprehensive collection of artwork and period pieces. Admire the paintings created by artists such as Bernardo Zenale and Giovanni Bellini, as well as a display of tapestries, sculptures, woodcarvings, and many other decorative objects. The collection of arms, armor, and musical and scientific instruments enhances your sense of life during the Renaissance and helps you grasp just how groundbreaking the period was. The museum is well-suited for visitors with special needs and offers free admission for a person accompanying them. Work out when and for how long to visit Bagatti Valsecchi Museum and other Milan attractions using our handy Milan sightseeing planner.
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  • Trying trying in my Milan deserted I found and I would say surprisingly visited this building unique and beautiful. In the Centre of Milan fashion, in a way between Montenapoleone and della Spiga you'd the splendor, the request, as well as the cleanliness and order of the villa. A collection of Renaissance in all its forms. Too bad he's not very publicized because no milanese should miss it! Congratulations to the private foundation.
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  • Place very nice, audio guides very clear. Museum held by volunteers overflowing kindness! Beautiful Museum with multitudes of details in every room covered!
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  • It's a renovated Family house still contains a lot of it's old furniture.In addition to the present. museum its used for Private events too.Same building are used by Famous restaurants and brand Shops...  more »
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  • Great private museum that keeps your attention till the exit. Each room is different and has its own story. There is something for everyone - art, military equipment, everyday items, clever architectural and plumbing solutions. I really enjoyed my visit.
  • The Bagatti Valsecchi is small but very interesting with art and antiques from the Renaissance.
  • Museum full of art, a must see in Milano !
  • I get tired rather easily in museums as they tend to absorb a lot of mental energy, but I left this museum feeling inspired and energetic. It is exceptional. First of all the building itself is much smaller than most museums. It's the first floor of a Milanese townhouse and below it, in the courtyard, is a high-class restaurant. Above it are some government offices. The best word to summarise it would be "intimate". The museum is a showcase of the family home of the Bagatti Valsecchi family who, in the nineteenth century, built up a superb collection of renaissance objets d'art -- tastefully combining them with specially made reproduction pieces. They were amateur designers and they painstakingly created special wallpapers, friezes, archways and a whole host of design features that showcase the art in a most incredible way. The brothers who created this jewel also had a sense of humour, which is unusual in a museum. The family name was Bagatti which, in Piedmontese Italian means "shoemaker" -- a very un-aristocratic profession for a rich noble family. But the brothers weren't snobs and they would enjoy the Milanese streetlife like everyone else. One of the brothers would cycle round town on a massive penny-farthing bike, creating so much noise that the mayor built a special bike lane for him. They also included images of boots around the house, in celebration of their origins and to prick any social pretensions that may have built up around them. If you go to Milan this is where you must go. My visit was made all the more memorable by the superb guiding of Guido Codecasa and if you're lucky enough you too may meet him. His English is impeccable, as is his knowledge of the building and its artworks.
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