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c/o Villa Erba
Largo Luchino Visconti, 4
22012 Cernobbio (COMO)

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© Dario Fusaro

© Dario Fusaro

© Dario Fusaro

© Dario Fusaro

© Dario Fusaro

© Dario Fusaro


Villa Arconati-FAR

Castellazzo di Bollate, Milan

Giardino storico
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Coffee house & Restaurant
Family friendly
Partially wheelchair accessible
Pet Friendly
In the Name of the Rose

How to reach

By car
Highway A8 Varese-Como-Chiasso towards Fiera Milano, Fiera Milano exit. Keep the right at the fork and follow signs for Bollate/Varesina/ Monza/Milano/Meda/A52/Tangenziale Nord and take A52. Continue for about 2 km, then take the exit for Bollate. Villa Arconati is about 2 km from the main road.

By train
Use the Trenord railway connections, line Milano – Saronno (S1 – S3), railway stop of Bollate Nord or Garbagnate Groane

By bike
Several cyclist paths connect Villa Arconati to the main touristic attractions of the North Milan. Bike rent service available at the Velostazione located in the Bollate Nord station, by Fabbrica dei Segni. Info at 327 2578817.


Among the most beautiful and majestic Villas of delight, Villa Arconati is located in Castellazzo di Bollate, just 12 km from the center of Milan. Its park, one of the most beautiful historic gardens in Lombardy - already known in the eighteenth century thanks to the engravings of Marc'Antonio Dal Re - is today a place of confrontation with contemporary culture - with its social, musical and artistic events, but also an ideal space for relive past atmospheres with shady tree-lined avenues, refreshing ponds and sculptures. Among its treasures they are the magnificent Theater of Diana with its restored water features, the Fountain of the Dolphin, the Theater of Andromeda, the Great Theater and the Theater of Hercules, the labyrinth of hornbeams and the French Parterre decorated with an eighteenth-century motif.

The noble floor houses some of the most richly decorated rooms: the Sala di Fetonte with the eighteenth-century trompe l'oeil fresco by the Galliari Brothers - the first set designers of the Teatro La Scala - the Ballroom with elegant Lombard baroque stuccos and gilding, the Sala della Caccia, the parade apartment with the splendid Sala Rosa, the wing of the ladies with the mysterious Alcove and the private chapel.

On the ground floor, the Sala Rossa - with its imposing fireplace and late 19th-century neo-Renaissance atmosphere - and the Sala del Museo, dominated by the statue of Tiberius, traditionally interpreted as the effigy of Pompey the Great, are certainly worth a visit. The Armory and the Library - which still preserves an ancient fund of about 2000 volumes - are very interesting. The Stables are also suggestive, set up on the basis of the ideal Leonardesque stable, with the fountain of the God Neptune. This year - for the first time - the Gabinetto dell'Aurora with the oldest fresco in the Villa, and the Funeral Chamber of Gaston de Foix rebuilt in collaboration with the Castello Sforzesco in Milan, will be open to the public.

Thanks to the enhancement promoted by the Augusto Rancilio Foundation, the Villa and its Garden take on new life, to represent a point of reference and attraction for the cultural, creative and sustainable development of the Milanese area.
Opening hours
Season 2023
Every Sunday from 26 March to 10 December; by reservation for groups and school classes also on other dates.
Closed Sundays 9 April and 11 June
Special openings: 10 April, 1 May, 15 August, 9 December

  • Permanent exhibition Kiron contemporary art collection
  • Temporary exhibitions
  • June to September: Beer in the Villa
  • 9-10-11 June: Terraforma
  • July: Villa Arconati Festival
  • December: Christmas in Villa
  • Lunch every Sunday and Caffè Goldoni
  • FAR Study Centre, conferences, animations, historical re-enactments, shows, concerts, themed dinners and special events all year round in the Agenda

The dates could be subject to change.
Full price: € 10.00
Children (11-17 years) and disabled persons: € 7.00
Kids (0-11 years): € free
Guided tour supplement: € 6.00
FAR Pass (season admission): € 25.00
Contact us
Via Madonna Fametta, 1
20021 Castellazzo di Bollate (MI)

T. +39 023502217
M. +39 393 8680934
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