Museo Poldi-Pezzoli, Milan

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Museo Poldi-Pezzoli is my favorite art museum in Milan, mostly because it’s an outstanding collection and partly because I love viewing other people’s art in the context of their homes.

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19th-century art collector Gian Giacomo Poldi Pezzoli lived here. Pezzoli collected Italian Renaissance paintings and decorative arts such as porcelain, textiles and jewelry.

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Pezzoli’s family owed their wealth to an uncle who had been in charge of tax collecting for the Austrian government. Along with a substantial inheritance came this beautiful 17th-century Neoclassical palace in the center of town.

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Masterpieces from the 15th to 18th centuries including two Botticellis and a Pollaiolo. There’s also mind-blowing clock and armour collections.

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Open daily, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Via Manzoni 12 – 20121 Milano

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