The house acquired its present appearance in 1974 when it was purchased by entrepreneur Guido Monzino, who completely changed the decor, adding French and English furniture of the eighteenth-nineteenth century, oriental rugs, tapestries and wood paneling of Beauvais in France. It was the same Monzino to leave the complex Balbianello to the FAI (Fondo per l'Ambiente italiano).
Capri: Villa San Michele.
The house, which since 1950 houses the Fondazione San Michele, belonged to Axel Munthe, who was a doctor, but who is best known as a writer. He dedicated to the much loved villa his book "The Story of San Michele" published in 1929 and subsequently translated into fifty languages.
The Royal Palace in Caserta.
The Palace was proclaimed World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Image above presents the large, majestic staircase and a detail of the bedroom of Francesco II.
Senago: Villa San Carlo Borromeo.Twenty minutes from Milan, this fourteenth century historic palatial home is surrounded by a large park and is home to a luxury five star hotel, a restaurant, a library and a museum. At times it hosts art exhibitions.
Gardone Riviera: "Il Vittoriale degli Italiani".
Not just a house where the poet lived and worked but a sort of citadel, which houses a number of buildings, plazas, theaters, streets and fountains.
Varese: Villa Litta Panza di Biumo Menafoglio.Surrounded by a magnificent Italian garden, it was built in the mid eighteenth century for the Marquis Paolo Antonio Menafoglio and expanded in neoclassical style by architect Luigi Canonica.
The villa is famous around the world for the vast number of contemporary art collected by Giuseppe Panza di Biumo since the '50s. In the halls and big stables are now exhibited over one hundred works of contemporary artists, as well as the rich furnishings of the period from the sixteenth to the nineteenth century and an important collection of African and pre-Columbian art.
Images by Daniele Pellegrini, Giorgio Majno, Peter Cottino, FAI and Vittoriale web sites