Villa Recalcati

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A8 Milan - "Laghi" toll motorway, Varese exit


Villa Recalcati was built in the 17th century as a summer residence for the aristocratic Milanese families who came on holiday to enjoy the wonderful scenery of the area.

The original 17th century nucleus of the Villa had the appearance of a country house, embellished in the course of the 18th century by alterations in perfect Rococo style. The structure comprises a central edifice facing the city, at the sides of which two wings open out, linked by an arched portico in Baroque style. The façade, however, is relatively plain and severe.

The interior is decorated with sumptuous stuccos and grandiose fireplaces. The frescoes on the walls are by Pietro Antonio Magatti and Giovan Battista Ronchelli, who favoured subjects ranging from the allegorical and mythological in Baroque and Rococo style to religious scenes.

The park adds decoration to the building, with fountains, statues and stylistic features typical of the English garden. It was opened to the public after being restored to its former splendour in 1997.

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