milan retrospective: villa necchi campiglio

There is one more thing about Milan I need to write about: Villa Necchi Campiglio. We visited this beautiful residence of the middle-class industrialists Gigina Necchi, her husband Angelo Campiglio, and her sister Nedda on our first day. The villa was built between 1932 and 1935 by the Milanese architect Piero Portaluppi, and is a real treasure of Rationalism and Art deco style hidden behind high walls right in the centre of Milan.

Some rooms still look exactly as they did when the Necchi Campiglio family resided there, but others have been changed once FAI (Fonde Ambiente Italiano) received the villa in 2001 as a donation by Gigina and Nedda. After many years of renovation the residence reopened to the public in 2008.

The villa now also shows the Alighiero and Emilietta de’ Micheli collection as well as the Claudia Gian Ferrari collection of Italian works which dates from the 20th century.

The tours are done by volunteers who are very passionate about the heritage of the residence, which has by the way, been the location of the Italian movie “I am Love” (original: Io sono l’amore) starring Tilda Swinton (2009, by director Luca Guadagnino). Both, the villa and the film are definitely worth spending some time with.


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all photos © darkroom bright, with kind permission of FAI, Villa Necchi Campiglio.


Villa Necchi Campiglio . FAI (Fonde Ambiente Italiano)
Via Mozart 14 . Milano . Italy . phone 0039 02 76340121 .
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2 Comments Add yours

  1. Ava Thomas says:

    Thank you for sharing 🙂 I love those steel/aluminum interior doors – wow! You definitely visited some fascinating design spots – Bravo!

  2. They are actually security doors, would you believe it?! They lead to the conservatory which was a weak point of the villa to be broken into. So Portaluppi designed these doors which were locked at night. They are absolutely stunning, I agree!

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