Museo Bagatti Valsecchi ☆☆☆

Sala Bevilacqua, Museo Bagatti Valsecchi, Milan, Italy (Photo by Ruggero Longoni, courtesy of the museum)
Sala Bevilacqua

A small Neo-Renaissance house museum

Between 1883 and 1894, the Milanese brothers Fausto and Giuseppe Bagatti Valsecchi, both lawyers, decided to marry their artistic side—inherited from their miniaturist father—with the wealth inherited from the Baron Valsecchi, who had adopted daddy, and together created this neo-Renaissance palazzo.

They acquired as much as they could in the way of original 15th- through 17th-century pieces, tapestries, furnishings, and paintings from all across Italy, and what they couldn't get original they had an army of the best Lombard craftsmen imitate. They ransacked Northern and Central Italy for antiques, frescoes, and ideas.

One room was copied from the ducal palace in Mantova, another inspired by the Urbino's Ducal seat.

The Sala della Stufa Valtellinese was just lifted whole from a palazzo in Sondrio and reassembled here.

Though there is one Giovanni Bellini painting, none of the other works are by notable artists, but the overall effect is a glorious mixture of Renaissance craftsmanship and art with the late 19th century's Romantic sensibilities.

 
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  • Sala Bevilacqua, Museo Bagatti Valsecchi, Italy (Photo by Ruggero Longoni, courtesy of the museum)
  • The facade on Via Santo Spirito, Museo Bagatti Valsecchi, Italy (Photo by Melancholia~itwiki)
  • Camera Rossa, Museo Bagatti Valsecchi, Italy (Photo by Ruggero Longoni, courtesy of the museum)
  • Sala della Stufa Valtellinese, Museo Bagatti Valsecchi, Italy (Photo courtesy of the museum)
  • Salla delle Armi, Museo Bagatti Valsecchi, Italy (Photo ©)
  • Mystic Marriage of St. Catherine between Saints (1515–20) by Girolamo di Benvenuto, Museo Bagatti Valsecchi, Italy (Photo by Sailko)
  • Camera del Letto Valtellinese, Museo Bagatti Valsecchi, Italy (Photo courtesy of the museum)
  • Camera Verde, Museo Bagatti Valsecchi, Italy (Photo courtesy of the museum)
  • 18C microscope, Museo Bagatti Valsecchi, Italy (Photo by Sailko)
  • Sala da Pranzo, Museo Bagatti Valsecchi, Italy (Photo by Ruggero Longoni, courtesy of the museum)
  • Sala dell’Affresco, with a 1495 fresco of Madonna della Misericordia by Antonio Boselli, Museo Bagatti Valsecchi, Italy (Photo courtesy of the museum)
  • Facade on Via Gesù, Museo Bagatti Valsecchi, Italy (Photo by Melancholia~itwiki)
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Useful Italian phrases

Useful Italian for sightseeing

English (inglese) Italian (italiano) Pro-nun-cee-YAY-shun
Where is?... Dov'é doh-VAY
...the museum il museo eel moo-ZAY-yo
...the church la chiesa lah key-YAY-zah
...the cathedral il duomo [or] la cattedrale eel DUO-mo [or] lah cah-the-DRAH-leh
     
When is it open? Quando é aperto? KWAN-doh ay ah-PAIR-toh
When does it close? Quando si chiude? KWAN-doh see key-YOU-day
Closed day giorno di riposo JOR-no dee ree-PO-zo
Weekdays (Mon-Sat) feriali fair-ee-YA-lee
Sunday & holidays festivi fe-STEE-vee
     
ticket biglietto beel-YET-toh
two adults due adulti DOO-way ah-DOOL-tee
one child un bambino oon bahm-BEE-no
one student uno studente OO-noh stu-DENT-ay
one senior un pensionato oon pen-see-yo-NAH-toh

Basic phrases in Italian

English (inglese) Italian (italiano) pro-nun-see-YAY-shun
thank you grazie GRAT-tzee-yay
please per favore pair fa-VOHR-ray
yes si see
no no no
Do you speak English? Parla Inglese? PAR-la een-GLAY-zay
I don't understand Non capisco non ka-PEESK-koh
I'm sorry Mi dispiace mee dees-pee-YAT-chay
How much is it? Quanto costa? KWAN-toh COST-ah
That's too much É troppo ay TROH-po
     
Good day Buon giorno bwohn JOUR-noh
Good evening Buona sera BWOH-nah SAIR-rah
Good night Buona notte BWOH-nah NOTE-tay
Goodbye Arrivederci ah-ree-vah-DAIR-chee
Excuse me (to get attention) Scusi SKOO-zee
Excuse me (to get past someone) Permesso pair-MEH-so
     
Where is? Dov'é doh-VAY
...the bathroom il bagno eel BHAN-yoh
...train station la ferroviaria lah fair-o-vee-YAR-ree-yah
to the right à destra ah DEH-strah
to the left à sinistra ah see-NEEST-trah
straight ahead avanti [or] diritto ah-VAHN-tee [or] dee-REE-toh
information informazione in-for-ma-tzee-OH-nay

Days, months, and other calendar items in Italian

English (inglese) Italian (italiano) Pro-nun-cee-YAY-shun
When is it open? Quando é aperto? KWAN-doh ay ah-PAIR-toh
When does it close? Quando si chiude? KWAN-doh see key-YOU-day
At what time... a che ora a kay O-rah
     
Yesterday ieri ee-YAIR-ee
Today oggi OH-jee
Tomorrow domani doh-MAHN-nee
Day after tomorrow dopo domani DOH-poh doh-MAHN-nee
     
a day un giorno oon je-YOR-no
Monday Lunedí loo-nay-DEE
Tuesday Martedí mar-tay-DEE
Wednesday Mercoledí mair-coh-lay-DEE
Thursday Giovedí jo-vay-DEE
Friday Venerdí ven-nair-DEE
Saturday Sabato SAH-baa-toh
Sunday Domenica doh-MEN-nee-ka
     
Mon-Sat Feriali fair-ee-YAHL-ee
Sun & holidays Festivi feh-STEE-vee
Daily Giornaliere joor-nahl-ee-YAIR-eh
     
a month una mese oon-ah MAY-zay
January gennaio jen-NAI-yo
February febbraio feh-BRI-yo
March marzo MAR-tzoh
April aprile ah-PREEL-ay
May maggio MAH-jee-oh
June giugno JEW-nyoh
July luglio LOO-lyoh
August agosto ah-GO-sto
September settembre set-TEM-bray
October ottobre oh-TOE-bray
November novembre no-VEM-bray
December dicembre de-CHEM-bray

Numbers in Italian

English (inglese) Italian (italiano) Pro-nun-cee-YAY-shun
1 uno OO-no
2 due DOO-way
3 tre tray
4 quattro KWAH-troh
5 cinque CHEEN-kway
6 sei say
7 sette SET-tay
8 otto OH-toh
9 nove NO-vay
10 dieci dee-YAY-chee
11 undici OON-dee-chee
12 dodici DOH-dee-chee
13 tredici TRAY-dee-chee
14 quattordici kwa-TOR-dee-chee
15 quindici KWEEN-dee-chee
16 sedici SAY-dee-chee
17 diciasette dee-chee-ya-SET-tay
18 diciotto dee-CHO-toh
19 diciannove dee-chee-ya-NO-vay
20 venti VENT-tee
21* vent'uno* vent-OO-no
22* venti due* VENT-tee DOO-way
23* venti tre* VENT-tee TRAY
30 trenta TRAYN-tah
40 quaranta kwa-RAHN-tah
50 cinquanta cheen-KWAN-tah
60 sessanta say-SAHN-tah
70 settanta seh-TAHN-tah
80 ottanta oh-TAHN-tah
90 novanta no-VAHN-tah
100 cento CHEN-toh
1,000 mille MEEL-lay
5,000 cinque milla CHEEN-kway MEEL-lah
10,000 dieci milla dee-YAY-chee MEEL-lah


* You can use this formula for all Italian ten-place numbers—so 31 is trent'uno, 32 is trenta due, 33 is trenta tre, etc. Note that—like uno (one), otto (eight) also starts with a vowel—all "-8" numbers are also abbreviated (vent'otto, trent'otto, etc.).