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Villas and palaces in Milan

Palazzo Saporiti

Villas and palaces in Milan are used to indicate public and private buildings in Milan of particular artistic and architectural value. Milan has always been an important centre with regard to the construction of historical villas and palaces, ranging from the Romanesque to the neo-Gothic, from Baroque to Rococo.


The spread of the construction of patrician villas in Milan has early origins. Archaeological excavations have revealed a complex system of villas from the first imperial age, going back to about the 1st century BCE.

After the fall of the Barbarians and the end of the Middle Ages, a new tradition of aristocratic refinement, chivalry and good taste was established in Milan by the ruling Visconti and Sforza families. Throughout the 15th and 16th centuries the local nobility built luxurious residences to demonstrate their power and influence. Today only a few examples of these can still be seen, such as the ducal apartments of the Castello Sforzesco and other private villas such as Casa Borromeo and Casa Pallavicini. Not only Lombard but also Venetian, Ligurian, Piedmontese and Tuscan artists contributed to their design and decoration, the latter especially in the creation of frescoes.

The Hotel Corso (ex Trianon).

The subsequent Spanish domination somewhat curbed the carefree enthusiasm of the humanist era, tending to favour the development of private architecture and making way for it by demolishing existing buildings.

The 18th century above all was marked by the construction in Milan of so-called "villas of delight" (ville di delizia). As the concept of the summer residence spread, villas were built there for nobles from Rome, Venice, Turin, Bologna and Naples who conducted their business in Milan.

With the industrial revolution came a new period of growth and an enhancement of the architectural beauty of the city, brought about during the 19th century by the influence of the Habsburgs, who sought to endow Milan with a new visual dimension since at this stage it was the second city of the empire after Vienna.

The 20th century was the last period of the "villas of delight". When it entered the new Kingdom of Italy Milan had become an industrial centre of major importance to the new economy and in particular one of the key points for exchanges with Europe. The bourgeoisie then settled in the city as the new 'aristocrats' of the second industrial revolution, seeking to return Milan to the grandeur of the past.

Despite the extraordinary architectural heritage of the city, what can be seen today represents only a small part of what was created throughout the entire history of the city: the traditional tendency to build after having demolished already existing palaces, together with bombings from the second world war, greatly reduces the heritage of the city.

A list of palaces


13th century

14th century

15th century

  • Casa Parravicini (Via Cino del Duca)
  • Casa Missaglia (demolished)
  • Casa Atellani (Corso Magenta)
  • Casa Fontana Silvestri (Corso Venezia)
  • Palazzo Castelli-Borromeo (Piazza Borromeo)
  • Palazzo Acerbi
  • Palazzo Pozzobonelli-Isimbardi
  • Palazzo Castani (Piazza San Sepolcro), seat of the Questura di Milano
  • Villa Mirabello (Via Villa Mirabello, 6), also known as the "Cascina Mirabello"
  • Palazzo Isimbardi

16th century

The Ca' Granda.

17th century

  • Casa degli Omenoni (Via degli Omenoni)
  • Casa Crespi (Corso Venezia)
  • Palazzo del Capitano di Giustizia (Corso Europa)
  • Palazzo del Senato (Via Senato)
  • Palazzo Dugnani (Via Manin, 2)
  • Palazzo Annoni (Corso di Porta Romana, 6)
  • Palazzo Durini-Caproni or "Palazzo Durini" (Via Durini)
  • Palazzo Litta or Palazzo Arese (Corso Magenta, 24)
  • Palazzo Erba Odescalchi
  • Palazzo Orsini (Via Borgonuovo)
  • Palazzo Sormani (Corso di Porta Vittoria, 6), seat of the Biblioteca Comunale di Milano
  • Palazzo Cusani (Via Brera, 15)
  • Palazzo Toscanini (Via Durini)
  • Palazzo Olivazzi (Via Bigli)
  • Palazzo Pusterla Brivio
The Palazzo Litta back.
The Palazzo Belgiojoso.
The Palazzo Cusani.
The Palazzo del Senato.
The Palazzo Serbelloni.
The Palazzo Visconti di Grazzano.
The Palazzo Sormani Andreani.

18th century

  • Casa Monti (Via G. Verdi)
  • Palazzo Clerici
  • Palazzo Trivulzio
  • Palazzo Serbelloni (Corso Venezia)
  • Palazzo Litta-Cusani (Corso Europa)
  • Palazzo Mellerio
  • Palazzo Morando-Attendolo-Bolognini (Via S. Andrea, 6)
  • Palazzo Moriggia (Via Borgonuovo, 23), today the Museum of the Risorgimento
  • Palazzo Reale
  • Palazzo Sormani Andreani
  • Palazzo Toscanini
  • Palazzo Gallarati-Scotti
  • Palazzo Beccaria
  • Palazzo Greppi
  • Palazzo Belgiojoso d'Este (Piazza Belgiojoso)
  • Palazzo Visconti di Grazzano
  • Palazzo Confalonieri
  • Palazzo Taverna, via Montenapoleone

19th century

  • Casa Alesina (Via Cappuccio, 11)
  • Casa Bettoni or dei Bersaglieri (Corso di Porta Romana, 20)
  • Casa Borella (Via Berchet 2, junction Via San Raffaele and Via U. Foscolo)
  • Casa Bosi Pelitti (Via Castelfidardo, 10)
  • Casa Bottelli (Via Dante, 12)
  • Ca' Brutta
  • Casa Candiani (Via G.B. Vico, 20)
  • Casa Castini (Via Dante 4, corner Via S. Prospero)
  • Casa Celesia (Via Dante, 7)
  • Casa Chicchieri (Via Dante, corner Via San Tommaso)
  • Casa Ciani (Corso Venezia, corner Via Boschetti)
  • Casa Dell'Acqua (Piazza Castello 27)
  • Ca de' Facc (Piazza Baiamonti, 3)
  • Casa Fasoli (Via Torino, 50)
  • Casa Gadda-Portaluppi (Piazza Castello 20, corner Via Lanza 5)
  • Casa Grondona (Corso Italia 57, corner Via San Martino)
  • Casa Manzoni (Via Morone 1 / Piazza Belgiojoso)
  • Casa Negri (Corso di Porta Romana)
  • Casa Pirovano (Via Giulini 2, corner with Via Dante)
  • Casa and Museo Poldi-Pezzoli (Via Manzoni 12-14)
  • Casa Rigamonti (Via Solferino, 24-24a)
  • Casa Rossi (Corso Magenta, 12)
  • Casa Sardi (Via Paleocapa, 3)
  • Casa Sartorelli (Via San Raffaele, 4)
  • Ca' de Sass (sede della Banca Cariplo)
  • Villa Belgiojoso-Bonaparte or Royal Villa of Milan

  • Palazzo della Banca d'Italia
  • Palazzo Bonacosa (Via Q. Sella 4 / Piazza Castello)
  • Palazzo della Permanente (Via Turati, 34)

  • Palazzo & Museum Bagatti-Valsecchi (Via Santo Spirito 7)
  • Palazzo Belgiojoso-Besana (Piazza Belgiojoso)
  • Palazzo Brentani (Via Manzoni, 6)
  • Palazzo Cagnola
  • Palazzo Haas (Via U. Foscolo, 1-3)
  • Palazzo Luraschi (Corso Buenos Aires 1 / Piazza Oberdan)
  • Palazzo Melzi d'Eril
  • Palazzo del Museo di Scienze Naturali (Corso Venezia, 55)
  • Palazzo Porro-Lambertenghi (Via Monte di Pietà)
  • Palazzo Rusconi-Clerici (Piazza Castello, 16)
  • Palazzo Saporiti
  • Palazzo Savonelli (Via Dante, p.zza Cordusio, Via Broletto, Via S. Prospero 1)
  • Palazzo Serbelloni
  • Palazzo Tarsis (Via S. Paolo)
  • Palazzo Talenti (Via G. Verdi)
  • Palazzo Torelli-Viollier (Via Paleocapa 4-6, corner Via Jacini)
  • Palazzo Francesco Turati (Via Meravigli, 7-9)
  • Palazzo Ercole Turati (Via Meravigli, 11)

20th century

  • Villino Hoepli (Via XX Settembre)
  • Villino Calabresi (Via XX Settembre)
  • VIllino Gotico (Via Cernaia)
  • Casa Piana (Via Sant'Ambrogio 29, corner with Via Lanzone)
  • Palazzo Mezzanotte, seat of the Borsa d'Italia
  • Palazzo Castiglioni (Corso Venezia)
  • Palazzo dell'Arte


  • I palazzi della vecchia Milano G.C. Bascapé, Ulrico Hoepli Editore, Milano, 1986
  • Milano di terracotta e mattoni O.P. Melano, Mazzotta Editore, Milano, 2002
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