How to Turn a Simple Milanese Stroll into a Dive into the Art Nouveau.

There are places in Milan that are surrounded by the magic of another era. Art nouveau has that kind of magic.  Those are hidden places that are not much sponsored by travel guides, but you can safely go and see them while taking a stroll through the city.

Let’s find them out.

Casa Galimberti

art nouveauCasa Galimberti is in via Malpighi 3.

Casa Galimberti is one of the masterpieces of art nouveau in Milan. The façade of the palace is covered with ceramic tiles, wrought iron and floral motifs, designed by Giovanni Battista Bossi.

What will leave you with your mouth open, is the beauty of the façade drawings, which stand out in the gray of the Milanese palaces.

The wrought iron is strongly decorative, with balconies embellishing the entire palace.

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The building was designed by the architect Bossi in 1903 and was subject to monumental constraint in 1965.

On the first floor there are female drawings by Ferdinando Brambilla, while the ornamental designs of the other floors are by Pio Pinzauti.

The wrought iron decorations were made by the company Arcari and Bellomi.

Casa Guazzoni

art nouveauCasa Guazzoni is in via Malpighi, 12.

It was designed by architect Giovanni Battista Bossi in 1904-1906 on the assignment of Giacomo Guazzoni.

Art nouveau is strong here, with wrought iron balconies and many decorations.

The palace was subject to monumental constraint in 1965 and to environmental constraint since 2003.

But it’s not just the outside that marvels. Paintings welcome you at the lodge and even the internal stairs are artistic examples.

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The staircase is hexagonal, the marble stairs brings your eyes to an amazing floral ceiling that delights the sight.

The fresco decorations are by the watercolourist Paolo Sala, and the iron decorations are by the famous Alessandro Mazzucotelli.

Casa Campanini

art nouveauCasa Campanini is in Via Vincenzo Bellini, 11.

The palace was built between 1904 and 1906 by the architect Alfredo Campanini, to become his residence.

Of great impact are the caryatids of the entrance, by Michele Vedani.

The wrought iron, the polychrome windows and the frescoes inside the palace, strongly remind of art nouveau.

In the porch of the courtyard there is also a wonderful ceiling decorated with red cherries and a chandelier in wrought iron. The roof chimneys look similar to nice sand pinnacles.

Palazzo Castiglioni

art nouveauPalazzo Castiglioni is located in Corso Venezia n. 47, near the metro station Palestro (red line).

Built by Giuseppe Sommaruga in 1901-1904, it is an important example of art noveau in Milan.

The exterior of the ground floor facade is in rough rocks and the other decorations are an eighteenth-century stucco.

The decision to build this palace was of the entrepreneur Emenegildo Castiglioni, who in 1900 gave Sommaruga the job to build a building that could really differ from those already in Milan.

And he succeded! Too bad that the style was a little bit too new to the Milan of that time and the new palace was higly criticized.

Why? At the entrance there were two beautiful statues (that represented peace and industry) that were seen a bit too provocative.

They created so much scandal that they were moved to the side of another building, villa Faccanoni.

The Castiglioni palace was also called for that reason Ca’ di Ciapp or Casa delle Chiappe (House of the Butts).

Unfortunately, the interior furnishings were destroyed by the American troops occupying the building in 1945 that used them as firewood.

However, they saved the iron decorations and the lamps.

The building was subjected to a monumental bond on March 5, 1957.

In 1967, the heirs of the Castiglioni family sold the palace to the Union of Commerce, because of the high cost of maintenance.

It was then signed a project to turn the building into offices, with the clause to save the entrance, the staircase, the porch, the facades and some of the noble floor. The rest was changed, even if there was a strong opposition of art noveau scholars.

Ok, now it’s your turn. Have you ever been there? Would you like to?  Share your thoughts! Leave a comment below, I’m curious…

Have a nice trip! 🙂


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