Medici is in the middle of a zone where there are some villas which
are examples of splendid baroque architecture. The visit of there
properties is exceptional, as they are normally closed to the public.
The itinerary might be as follows:
of Villa Antona Traversi
in Meda. Built in the 19th century, it was once a monastery,
and includes the church, completely frescoed by Bernardino Luini.
In its architectural structure is links itself to the Monastery
of San Maurizio in Milan, masterpiece by Luini, the favourite Leonardo’s
pupil. The young women of the Milanese aristocracy lived in the
monastery, such as in San Maurizio in Milan. It is still property
of the Antona Traversi family, and keeps the unmistakable character
of a great patrician villa.
Visit of Villa Perego in
Cremnago. The villa is a masterpiece by Piermarini, the architect
of the Teatro alla Scala and of the Villa Reale in Monza. Also the
project of the flight of steps that joins the Italianate garden
to the English park is made by him. The Chapel near the villa keeps
an important fresco by the Bergognone. The palace was built for
the Perego family, that is still the owner. The visit of the interiors,
with the wonderful library is an absolutely exceptional experience.
Lunch at Ristorante “La Vignetta” in
Cremnago. It is possible, during the summer, to eat under
a pergola and, during the winter, in a hall with an historical chimney.
Visit of Villa Sormani in
Lurago d’Erba, near the restaurant. The villa was built in 1783,
and keeps intact the front, with the double porch motive. It faces
the hills, on a miraculously intact landscape. It was built for
the Sormani family, who still belongs it.
Visit of the Santuario di
S. Maria della Noce in Inverigo, built on 16th century. Until
at the beginning of this century the traditional market of the silkworms
was kept on the front square. Quite all Brianza’s cultivation was
represented by mulberry-trees, and the silk industry was very flowering.
Visit of Villa Sommi Picenardi
in Olgiate Molgora, famous for its wonderful Italianate garden,
splendid frame for the baroque architecture of the villa. The interiors
are very fascinating. It is still property of the Sommi Picenardi
program is available only for spring and summer