The history of Villa Medici Giulini
Used mainly during the summer months, when the intense heat of Milano forced the aristocracy to abandon the city, substantially establishing itself in four areas: The Brianza, the Varesotto, Lake Como and the lake Maggiore. The Brianza is situated at the very first hills nearest the city, where it was possible to fine a fresher and cooler climate. The Stately Homes were constructed for the summer months the Villa Medici is a typical example of such architecture of the 17th century. The facade is facing south, with the meridian indicating the hour of the day. The double porticos, to the south and west, create two rather different moments for a “salotto? in which the first protects the guests from the sun rays at midday, the second that gives the possibility to admire the fading light of sunset. The central salon connects the two porticos in an extraordinary situation of Luminosity. The dining room along with the music and sitting rooms are therefore always nice and cool, facing north towards the town that grows around the Villa.
- The garden is subdivided in to two zones: The Italian garden, enclosed by the carpinate with the rigours design of the bossi and the English style park, with the secolari trees and the it alternative blossoming during the spring and summer until the arrival of the colours of Autumn.
- On the first floor of the Villa is found the painted salon by Zuccarelli the true hart of the property, both for the beauty of the painting which faithfully reproduces the landscape of the surrounding countryside as for the quality of the acoustics which permits the performing of music in the traditions of the past.
- The collection of keyboard instruments preserved in the Villa Medici developed the theme of the history of the pianoforte from the Harpsichord, to the grand piano and the organ. All the instruments are in a perfect state of conservation and are played regularly in concert.
- The chapel, dedicated to the Virgin, is connected to the Villa and contains an alter piece painted by Nuvolone. Perfect the octagonal plan of the small church.
- The antique cantina is a witness to the elaboration of wine which comes from the surround hills of the “Villa Fattoria?. An important characteristic of the Villa Medici is the fact that it was constructed as a operative centre witnessing at the same time the the original owners passion for art and music.
- The antique kitchen preserved the characteristics of the 17th century and is therefore a rear example of life in Lombardy.
- The Villa was built in 1643 for the Attendolo-Bolognini family which eventually vanished passing the surname on to the Morando family, owners of the Morando Palace, now the Milanese Museum. It was then purchased during the mid 19th century by the Medici di Marignano and is now the property of Giulini family which has carefully followed the restoration of the entire complex recreating it’s original splendour.
- Connect to private villa a conference centre is in operation with rooms destine for meetings, to musical and operatic Master Class’s often assisted by the use of on antique pianos. In many of the rooms are house part of the collection. It is also possible to stay in the many rooms and suites available or dine in the main dinning room. A strong characteristic of the conference centre is that it maintains the same type and style of interior design as the Villa it self therefore creating a unity of style and harmony. The centre is also surrounded by an impressive garden offering each season range of flowering roses.