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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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  • Palazzo Litta is considered one of the most important examples of Baroque architecture in Milan. Currently home of the Soprintendenza archeologia fine arts and landscape for the metropolitan city of Milan. The building overlooks corso Magenta and the Baroque façade was designed by Bartolomeo Bolli.
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  • The Palace can be visited inside. At the entrance to two sculptures holding the balcony. Inside a large interior courtyard.
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  • Visited a few months ago I went back this morning for a cultural engagement. Already elegant and refined the external façade the Palace never ceases to amaze with its interiors of the most beautiful and significant of the seventeenth century, although this time I could only see a small part. Although open only on special occasions the building worth a careful look on a long and eventful façade. Don't miss a visit to the wonderful Church of San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore, situated just in front of Palazzo Litta. More details in my previous reviews.
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  • nice palace
  • Beautiful building that encloses the glory and splendour of the milanese aristocracy. Beautiful ballroom with mirrors of the first floor. Pity that this monument is mostly closed and opened the rare times a year just by coincidence of events inside
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  • To see! Especially during the fuorisalone when there are very interesting productions.
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  • awesome theater
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  • Roberto latini's Bra show excellent theater he really only an amazing actor recommended to all theatre lovers
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