Built between 1932 and 1935, at the very heart of Milan, in via Mozart 14, Villa Necchi Campiglio has the luxury of a heated swimming pool, tennis court, ample bathrooms with precious marble, an intercom system, and a grand portcullis that emerges from the ground to block the entrance for the night.
A range of technological extras and conveniences that is outstanding today, but certainly seemed otherworldly eighty years ago. And this “futuristic” appeal is not its only charm.
The Villa was designed by architect Pierto Portaluppi, and then renovated by Tommaso Buzzi starting in 1938 for the Necchi Campiglios, a well-cultured, upper-class, industrial family that made its name in the production of cast iron and sewing machines between the 1920s and the 1960s (Necchi is a famous brand of sewing machines in Italy to this day).
The single-family home, inspired by the Novecento Italiano style, is a unique example of beauty and historic preservation, and its luminous interiors are the perfect showcase for art déco elements, artwork from the early 1900s (by Martini, Morandi, De Chirico, De Pisis, Sironi, Balla, Boccioni, Carrà, Wildt) and 1700s (paintings by Canaletto, Tiepolo, and Rosalba Carriera, as well as French furniture, Lombard ceramics, Chinese porcelains and precious Jean-Baptiste Isabey miniatures).
The Villa belongs to the “Historic house museum of Milan” network.