Villa Arconati, with its artistic, cultural and landscape heritage, is an attractive point of reference for the area north of Milan. Its position immersed in the Parco delle Groane favors cycling and off-road itineraries, among the colors of nature and the countryside. In addition, the Villa is proposed as an experiential location, taste and edutainment. Below we list our proposals for a special visit to Villa Arconati-FAR, the combined packages and our advice on the surrounding area.
GUIDED TOUR OF THE PALACE + GARDEN FOR GROUPS (FROM 15 TO 25 PEOPLE):
Total approximate duration 1h 30 minutes;
€ 10 per person + € 50 fixed cost for the guide (in the evening € 100);
GUIDED TOUR FOR SCHOOL GROUPS (FROM 15 TO 25 PEOPLE):
Approximate duration 1h 30 minutes;
Kindergartens - free admission + € 50 fixed cost for the guide
Elementary and middle schools - admission per child € 5.00 + € 50 fixed cost for the guide
High schools - admission per child € 7.00 + € 50 fixed cost for the guide
GUIDED TOUR IN FOREIGN LANGUAGE (english or french):
Total approximate duration 1h 30 minutes;
€ 10 per person + € 100 fixed cost for the guide (in the evening € 150);
POINTS OF INTEREST
Villa Borromeo Visconti Litta is a historic villa, dating back to the 16th century, located in the municipality of Lainate, known in particular for its Nymphaeum. It was Count Pirro I Visconti Borromeo - around 1585 - who designed the complex inspired by the Tuscan Medici villas and transformed the Lainate property into a unique place, thanks also to exceptional workers such as the architect Martino Bassi, the sculptors Francesco Brambilla the Younger and Marco Antonio Prestinari, the painters Camillo Procaccini and Pier Francesco Mazzucchelli known as Morazzone, Agostino Lodola and Giovanni Battista Maestri, known as Volpino.
The Count had the gardens created and the Palazzo delle Acque, more commonly known as the Nymphaeum, built. The residence became the scene of grandiose parties and receptions, but also an important meeting place for artists and intellectuals. The Nymphaeum is a highly suggestive place and - precisely because of the richness of decorations and hydraulic displays - it is considered the most important and significant example of the genre, above all because - a very rare thing - it works today exactly as it did then, thanks to sophisticated hydraulic mechanisms governed by skilled fountain-makers.
VILLA REALE DI MONZA
The Royal Villa of Monza is a neoclassical palace built in Monza by the Habsburgs - as a private residence - during the Austrian domination of the 18th century.
It became the residence of the viceroy with the Napoleonic Kingdom of Italy, it increasingly lost this function during the Kingdom of Italy of the Savoys, the last royals to use it. It currently hosts exhibitions, displays and in one wing also the Monza art school. In September 2022 it was announced that a Foundation would be created to promote the Royal Villa and the Monza Park. An article published by Artribune in 2022 proposes using the Villa Reale in Monza to exhibit the Terruzzi Collection previously housed in Villa Margherita in Bordighera, full of furniture, tapestries and art objects from the Veneto and French eighteenth century.
MUSEO STORICO ALFA ROMEO
The Alfa Romeo historical museum is an exhibition space dedicated to the vehicles produced by the Italian car manufacturer Alfa Romeo, which is located in Arese, in Lombardy.
The Museum tells the legendary story of the brand through a project and an installation that reflects its values: presence through the succession of eras, beauty, speed, fundamental elements of Alfa Romeo DNA. From car to car, discover stories, curiosities, images, videos, with historical materials and interactive stations, in a crescendo of emotions.
ONDAROSSA, ITALIAN CAR MUSEUM
Ondarossa was born in 2010 thanks to the Founder Avv. Pierantonio Giussani and his closest collaborators and friends, with the aim of giving space and diffusion to Italian excellence. A single point of reference for those who love sport, history and look to the future without giving up the most precious foundations of the Italian "way of life". 'to be Italian. FAR and Ondarossa are ready to collaborate in synergy to enhance the territory. www.ondarossa.eu
Turistic itineraries around the Villa
LET1, Historic villas and Groane
The circuit, from the Garbagnate-Parco delle Groane station, is divided into two wings, east and west, crossing a great variety of landscapes, from the urban route, to the Villoresi canal, from the Groane woods to the most beautiful and rich delights of the province of Milan. Going west along the Villoresi canal you reach the Villa Borromeo Visconti Litta in Lainate, late sixteenth century, with gardens, nymphaeum and amazing water games. Then you pass next to the former factories of the Alfa Romeo up to the eighteenth-century Villa La Valera in Arese and you still reach the sumptuous Villa Arconati "Il Castellazzo" of Bollate; from here to the east, enjoying a nice walk in the Parco delle Groane between memories of furnaces and pine woods you can reach Senago with Villa San Carlo Borromeo, Limbiate with villas and churches, the village Ina Casa of Cesate.
LET1 west, historic villas and Groane
LET1 east, historic villas and Groane
THE ROUTE OF BRICKS
So we call the area of the furnaces that offers the opportunity for a mixed path, on foot or by bike. For the cycle path you start from Garbagnate, from the "Serenella" station of the Ferrovie Nord Milano, going south-east along a cycle path along the Villoresi canal. From via Fametta then you reach the Castellazzo. Going along the walls of VillaArconati-FAR and crossing the woods, following the secondary canal of Villoresi, you reach a drainage canal, then turn left along the towpath of the Villoresi Canal to get to the FNM station of Bollate Nord. The itinerary (5 Km) can be covered on foot in about an hour. You can return to the starting point (FNM "Serenella" station of Garbagnate). Just cross the railway, reach the Paderno road for 400 m. up to a medieval oratory. Here you take the provincial road to Senago on the left. At the first corner, after a straight stretch of almost 2 km, take Via Isolino on the left that leads to an active kiln. Going on, you go along a path that runs alongside the very high chimney of the former Parodi kiln (example of an Hoffman oven in excellent condition) and which leads to the Villoresi Canal. Following the cycle path on the left side of the canal to the left, you return to the railway track and to the Serenella station. The itinerary can be covered in less than an hour.
HOW TO GET THERE
By car: S.S. 233 Varesina up to Garbagnate
By train: Northern Milan-Saronno railway line