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Villa Bagatti Valsecchi
A long tree-lined avenue, the villa, its gardens and a large fountain. This is Villa Bagatti Valsecchi in Varedo (Monza e Brianza): a delightful noble residence surrounded by nature.
The Bagatti family already lived in Varedo (now in the province of Monza e Brianza) in the 16th Century, when they took refuge there to escape from the plague. But Villa Bagatti Valsecchi was only built in 1878, on top of an existing 18th-century farmhouse.
The central body of the farmhouse was preserved and two side wings plus an extra floor were added. It is topped with a loggia made from the columns recovered from the bell tower of the 15th-century cloister of San Erasmo in Milan.
Villa Bagatti Valsecchi is surrounded in a large, delightful park in an eclectic style, crossed by a long, tree-lined avenue. It is so big it accommodates a large elliptical fountain, numerous statues, a horse-racing track and an ice cave.
Its peculiarity? One of the very few surviving fragments of the wall of the Lazzaretto in Milan is preserved in the park. Today, the villa and the park host events, exhibitions and concerts.
See the programme: http://villabagattivalsecchi.it/news/eventi.php?cat=future