Poldi Pezzoli Museum, Milan

Poldi Pezzoli Museum, Milan (must see)

Founded in 1881, the Poldi Pezzoli Museum, featuring 19th-century Northern Italian and Flemish paintings along with a plethora of decorative art pieces, such as textiles, porcelain, glass, clocks, jewelry, and metal works, was originally a private collection of Poldi Pezzoli and his mother Rosa Trivulzio.

In 1818, Poldi Pezzoli inherited great wealth from his uncle Giuseppe Pezzoli which included the beautiful palace and the garden filled with statues and fountains. He then spent his entire life decorating the house with paintings (spanning the 14th-18th centuries) and eventually garnered 3,000 pieces of art.

During WWII, heavy bombardment in one night destroyed all the main Milan museums. The Poldi Pezzoli palace was also severely damaged, yet the works of art – previously moved to a safer location – remained unharmed. From the 1950s onward, the Association of Friends of the Museum and private Milanese donators have replenished the collection, making it one of the finest in Europe.

Why You Should Visit:
Gorgeous building with a matchingly wonderful art collection well worth observing.

Tip:
This is one of the few places open on Monday and is rather inexpensive, so spending just a little extra on the audio guide is surely worth it.

Opening Hours:
Wed-Mon: 10am-6pm

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Sight Name: Poldi Pezzoli Museum
Sight Location: Milan, Italy (See walking tours in Milan)
Sight Type: Museum/Gallery
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