Villa Necchi Campiglio: Architecture, Design & Fashion Made in Italy

Veranda, Villa Necchi Campiglio, Milano. Image courtesy of Alessandra Cianni Zambotto

Every summer, Milan Arch Week casts light on the architectural treasures of the Italian capital of design, offering tours and visits of house-museums. One of the most precious examples of Milanese twentieth-century architecture and lifestyle is the Villa Necchi Campiglio, tucked away on the central via Mozart. Designed by Piero Portaluppi in the 1930s and revamped by Tomaso Buzzi in the 1950s, it was the house of the Necchi Campiglio, a bourgeois industrialist family whose fortune was founded on the iconic Necchi sewing machines – think iPhones today. In 2008, after seven years of restoration, the villa and its peaceful gardens were opened to the public by FAI, the Italian National Trust. Here are three reasons why you should visit the villa as part of the Grand Tour.

1) Piero Portaluppi in Milan