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Villa Necchi Campiglio

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In a peaceful setting in the middle of chaotic Milan lies a unique and important piece of architecture that perfectly captures the Milanese style.

The magnificent Villa Necchi Campiglio was re-opened to the public in 2008 after extensive and careful restoration.

This example of rationalist architecture was planned by Piero Portaluppi in 1932 for the Necchi industrial family. At the time it was a bold and modern change from previous traditional styles of architecture and it remains a blend of brave new ideas about luxury, design elegance and refined taste.

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