Villa 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:
-Visit 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
- Following to Saronno to visit the Sanctuary
with the cupola painted by Gaudenzio Ferrari with 57 angels
playing songs. The whole aisle is covered by frescoes with a good
illumination. Gaudenzio Ferrari is, with Luini, one of the best
painters of Lombardy. Then continue to Saronno where you will visit
the collection of old cars owned by Luigi Lazzaroni. He lives in
a fascinating house which is an old convent close to the San Francesco
- 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” a 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 family.
is available only for spring and summer