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Palazzo Litta, Milan

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The Palazzo Litta, also known as the Palazzo Arese-Litta, is a Baroque structure in Milan, northern Italy, opposite San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore, and dating from the period of Spanish rule of the city.Architect Francesco Maria Richini built the nucleus of the palazzo in the years 1642–1648 for Count Bartolomeo Arese, a member of one of the most influential Milanese families of the period who became President of the Senate of Milan in 1660. Palazzo Litta thus became an important centre of Milanese fashionable and political culture. Grand parties held here over the years included receptions for Archduchess Mariana of Austria, for Margaret Theresa of Spain, for Elisabeth Christine of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel, for Maria Theresa of Austria, for Eugène de Beauharnais and for the arrival of Napoleon in Milan.Apart from its general plan, the principal features which remain essentially intact from the original seventeenth-century building are the piano nobile (although largely redecorated) and one of Richini’s courtyards. The family oratory, also the work of Richini, and consecrated in 1671, was later turned into a private theatre for the use of the family and its invitees. The theatre, the oldest in Milan, is still in use as the Teatro Litta di Milano, which also has a second performance space located in the old stable block.
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  • A magnificent and majestic palazzo on via Magenta. Built starting from the 17th century was then subject to extensions and alterations and renovations following the second world war. The imposing Baroque façade is just the anticipation of an interior rich and glitzy, testimony of an important past. In the 1980s, during my undergraduate studies at Catholic University, I got to go visit and attend a small little bar inside that offered good sandwiches for lunch (I don't know if it's still there). The Palace is well worth a visit.
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  • Palazzo Litta is a historic building considered an important example of Baroque architecture in Milan, is the seat of the Soprintendenza archeologia fine art and landscape in Milan in the rich and impressive façade a convex-shaped balcony occupies the central portal and seems supported by large shelves that rest on the shoulders of giants. The Windows are topped with rich frames with seashells, draping and many decorations. I wanted to get in but the tour guide explained the reasons for the impossibility, sin ...
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  • Although from outside building is not as beautiful as some other palaces in Milan, it was a home of very influental family, hence the big importance. Large family coat of arms at the head of the build...  more »
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  • nice palace
  • I went to the Palazzo Litta at the Milan design week. Despite living in Milan for years did not know about the existence of this Pearl. The Palace is something amazing, wonderful. The rooms are amazing. That's the Milan that I like, a Milan that still amaze me with its beauty. Go to visitarlo...ve recommend.
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  • A building that has lived many lives in his distant past and that especially now thanks to cultural initiatives often turns hosting design and art from every place on the planet.
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  • I was able to attend a play, Richard III. Very nice room, I was in the front row but you could see well even in the ranks in half.
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  • Nice is nice; but basically not open to the public and still requires other restorations especially furnishings. Not particularly easy and safe on the sidewalk outside.
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