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Castiglione Olona, a Renaissance jewel in Lombardy.


    Castiglione Olona, a Renaissance jewel in Lombardy.

    Discover a jewel hidden a few minutes driving distance from Milan. The old feud of the house of Castiglioni, place of culture and art since Medieval and Renaissace times to the 19th Century Industrial Revolution and modern times. Let you be surprised by the beauties of this place full of art and history.

    • Castiglione Olona visto dalla collina di Monteruzzo
    • Chiesa di Villa San Cristoforo
    • Castiglione Olona chiesa di Villa
    • Masolino da Panicale, paesaggio di Vezprem
    • la Collegiata
    • BattisteroBanchettoErode
    • Castiglione Oolona, Battistero

    The Olona valley was for many centuries one of the most important routes from the North of Italy to the centre of Europe. Colonized before the Roman times was disputed for centuries between the Romans, Bizantine, Barbarian populations, the cities of Como and Milan before becoming feuds of the houses of Visconti and Castiglioni. Finally in the 1800s became the cradle of the Italian industrial revolution. As you can see a land full of history ready to be unveiled for you.


    Castiglione Olona was the mother land of the great Cardinal Branda Castiglioni, one of the most important man in Europe between the 1300s and 1400s. Confidence man of emperors and popes, great man of culture and patron of the most advanced artists of the time. He was the one to first introduce Renaissance style in Lombardy and embellished Castiglione Olona with beautiful works of art.

    The Chiesa di Villa, one of the oldest copies of the sacristy of San Lorenzo by Brunelleschi in Florence, the palace Castiglioni, the frescoes of Masolino da Panicale, Vecchietta and Paolo Schiavo in the Collegiata and the impressive baptistery are the works making this little town an “Island of Tuscany in Lombardy”.


    After many centuries count Castiglioni and his cousin Mazucchelli, commissioned to contemporary artists like Giacomo Balla, Man Ray, Enrico Baj many works of art now located in permanent exhibition at Museo di Arte Plastica (MAP) located in the 15th Century house of Corte del Doro.


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    If you liked Castiglione Olona visit the nearby Castelseprio. You will have a perfect day of art, culture and beauty.
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