Milano, Bagatti

Elegant house museum, located in what is now the center of the fashion district.  Fabulous collection (late 19th c.) of two brothers, Barons Fausto and Giuseppe Bagatti Valsecchi.  Intrigued by modern conveniences, they installed central heating, electricity, hot and cold running water. 
Grateful for their generosity (donated as a museum in 1974), allowing a step back in time.
Il Salumaio di Montenapoleone, culinary treasure, right next door.

Monza, Villa Reale

Villa Reale, a neoclassical masterpiece, elegant, imposing.  Park larger than Versailles.  To the victor go the spoils, originally country residence of the Hapsburg court; royal palace to Napoleon; holiday residence of the Savoy (King Umberto I). 

Bergamo, hardest hit, is seeking donations to buy ventilators, medical supplies, if you wish to help.   May everyone’s guardian angels continue working overtime!


Ravenna, mosaics, Dante.   Eight Byzantine and early Christian monuments, UNESCO.  Breathtaking mosaics, 5th and 6th century.
Galla Placidia – Cole Porter honeymooned in Italy.  Starry night skies said to be his inspiration for Night and Day.  “Earliest and best preserved of all mosaic monuments and at the same time one of the most artistically perfect” (Unesco experts).
Dante Alighieri, exiled here, completed Paradiso, the third and final part of Divina Commedia, Divine Comedy, shortly prior to his death in 1321.
Italy awaits, why hesitate.  Villa Fiori, magical memories.