A visit to Villa Necchi Campiglio is an opportunity to delve into the Milan of the first half of the twentieth century, with its rituals, its worldliness and its etiquette.
It is part of the Circuit of Historic House Museums of Milan. A city museum network established in 2008 with the aim of promoting the Milanese cultural and artistic heritage through the history of its protagonists by conserving the personal collections in unique.
Villa Necchi Campiglio is located in the heart of the city and is surrounded by a large garden with a swimming pool and tennis court. The Necchi Campiglio family certainly lived in style: they were well-known exponents of the Lombard industrial bourgeoisie and led prosperous and elegant lives.
Their home is the result of a harmonious melange of architecture and decorative arts; it is a remarkable example of superb style. Built between 1932 and 1935 by Milanese architect Piero Portaluppi, and subsequently renovated by fellow architect Tommaso Buzzi, the house marked the entry of Rationalism into modern architecture.
In 2001 the property was bequeathed to Fai – the Italian Cultural Heritage Fund - thanks to the generosity of the family members - Gigina Necchi Campiglio and Nedda Necchi.
Two major donations provide further reason for visiting the Villa Necchi Campiglio: firstly Claudia Gian Ferrari’s early twentieth-century art collection, with works by Sironi, Martini and de Chirico and, secondly, the refined eighteenth-century collection of paintings and decorative arts by Alighiero and Emilietta De Micheli with works by Canaletto, Rosalba Carriera and Tiepolo.