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.
19th-century art collector Gian Giacomo Poldi Pezzoli lived here. Pezzoli collected Italian Renaissance paintings and decorative arts such as porcelain, textiles and jewelry.
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.
Masterpieces from the 15th to 18th centuries including two Botticellis and a Pollaiolo. There’s also mind-blowing clock and armour collections.
Open daily, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Via Manzoni 12 – 20121 Milano