The villa Necchi Campiglio was designed in the 1930s by the Milanese architect Piero Portaluppi for one of Milan’s wealthy bourgeoisie families – the sisters Nedda and Gigina Necchi and Gigina’s husband Angelo Campiglio. In its heyday, it hoisted fabulous parties where guests included European royalty. It was opened to the public in 2008 after renovations. The villa recreates a past era so faithfully that it was used in the filming of the 2009 film ‘I Am Love’, starring Tilda Swinton.
The villa is currently open from Wednesday – Sunday with guided tours taking place every 30 minutes. If you have a MilanoCard click here to find out about discounts of up to 50%. Outside the villa you can see how this family and their guests may have spent their leisure time on the tennis court or in Milan’s first heated swimming pool.
Inside you can see a myriad of rooms including a library, a tapestry lined dining room, sumptuous bedrooms and Gigina Necchi’s marble bathroom. Details include silk evening gowns and monogrammed hairbrushes that will leave you with the impression that the owners have just stepped out and may return at any moment!
In contrast to the luxury the family enjoyed you can also visit the service areas including the pantry and the kitchen and find out about the work that went on behind the scenes to maintain the lifestyle the family enjoyed.
Important art collections
The Villa Necchi Campiglio is also home to some important collections of 20th and 18th century art including works by de Chirico and Morandi.