Created in the sixteenth-century as a country villa, the Villa della Porta Bozzolo later became a noble company residence and was enhanced, in the first half of the 18th century, by an imposing Italian garden, among the most majestic and harmonious creations of green architecture surviving in Italy today.
The internal rooms preserve one of the most sophisticated and coherent decorative cycles of the Lombard eighteenth century, primarily attribuitable to the workshop of the Varesian, Magatti. The body of the villa is flanked by interesting outhouses, among them, stables, mews, cellars, barns and a very large press.
An elegant gate, surmounted by four statues representing the seasons, separates the main parterre from the secret garden, where a shadowy avenue of lime trees ends in an important shrine with a pronaos, adorned by a fresco depicting Apollo and the Muses.
On the ground floor of the villa, the vast central hall, probably used as a ballroom, is embellished by the great marble fireplace and by trompe l'oeil frescoes; the ceiling of the vault, losing every aspect of roughness, transforms into a sky where mythological figures and puttoes holding medallions hover around.
The long hall, which gives access to the apartments from the main floor, was intended to welcome guests visiting the villa, anticipating, in the profusion of the adornments, the pomp and circumstance of its owners. In this room, the walls, ceiling and doors transform to give life to a fantastic scene of typically Rococo taste which makes up for the simplicity of the room’s construction.
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