Milan is way too chic to put its most sophisticated treasures in plain sight, right in the city center, you’ve got to go beyond the tramway line to witness the city’s true beauty. Once you’ve realized that, you’re in for quite a few marvels.
The Villa Necchi Campiglio is one of these, and not the least impressive. It encompasses this very Milanese mix of modernity and luxury, of avant-garde and opulence. The house was built in the 30’s by architect Piero Portaluppi with what looked like an unlimited budget. So, yes, it is quite fancy with marble, velvet, bronze and brass everywhere, but what’s more surprising is how Portaluppi managed to include a lot of functional details and his will to create a true modern home, with a swimming pool, sliding doors and central heating. This makes the house feel surprisingly current, well, as long as you can picture yourself as an arty Italian aristocrat!
It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of 30’s architecture, so I was particularly taken with the sleek lines and the comfortable yet austere look. You can only visit the house with a guide, with is frustrating when you want to linger but also pretty interesting if you want to get a better insight on the architecture and it inhabitants. In that case, the Necchi sisters, must have been the talk of the town with their impossibly unique house and their unmarried life!
Villa Necchi Campiglio, Via Mozart, 14, 10:00-18:00, closed on Mondays and Wednesdays.
The house was used to shoot the movie I am Love (Io sono l’amore) with Tilda Swinton.
I didn’t manage to take a picture of the pool, since there was a photoshoot happening there when we visited, but it is a very nice addition to that already nice addition. Also note that it’s in front of the house, and not in the back, an even bolder move at the time.
They do rent the rent the house, in case you need to get married in a decent place.