The Palazzi of Corso Venezia

May 14, 2015 / Art & Archaeology
Milano, Lombardia

The palazzi of Corso Venezia… Each one represents a different architectural period making this a truly majestic road which appears to go on forever. Indeed, it used to be one of the main “straight” roads that led northeast out of town, towards Monza and beyond.

The long straight road of Corso Venezia, MIlan

First important palazzo is Casa Fontana-Silvestri – built in the late 15th century this is one of the few remaining Renaissance palazzi left in Milan. Constructed by Angelo Fontana, some specialists state that it was Bramante who decorated the facade.

Casa Fontana-Silvestri, Corso Venezia, Milan

Then there is another important palazzo, that of the Seminario Arcivescovile, built in 1565 by Seregni for (Saint) Carlo Borromeo.


Next up is the Palazzo Serbelloni, built in 1793  by Simone Cantoni, in a Neoclassic style, this is one of the most prestigious examples of Milanese aristocratic abodes and in fact is where all the rich and famous would stay while in Milan РNapoleon in 1796, and Vittorio Emanuele II in 1859.

Palazzo Serbollini, Corso Venezia, Milan

Not to be missed is Palazzo Castilgioni, most incredible with all the body sculptures all over it. It was built by Giuseppe Sommaruga in 1904 in the stile liberty as it is called. There used to be two female nude sculptures which were subsequently removed, and so the Palazzo got to be known as Ca’ di Ciapp (House of Buttocks).


Be sure to keep an eye out for Palazzo Rocca-Saporiti – done in Napoleonic architectural style and built in 1812 by Giovanni Perego. On the facade is frieze with Milanese History and on balustrade are statues of 12 Roman gods (the Dei Consenti).

When you’re next in Milan, be sure to talk a walk down Corso Venezia. Milanese grandeur and history, writ in stone.

Palazzo Rocca-Saporiti, Corso Venezia, Milan

Jean Tori

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4 Responses to “The Palazzi of Corso Venezia”

  1. I will be traveling to Milan in September, am so looking forward to seeing these wonderful examples of Italian architecture. love everthing about Italy.

    Lucile Stachowiak

  2. Gian Banchero

    Milano is one of my “home towns” when I’m in Italy along with Genova, a couple cities in Piemonte, along with Palermo. It’s been said that Milano is an impersonal big skyscrapered metropolis with non of the charm of other Italian cities, this is all far from the truth, though the people are more Germanic they are non the less friendly, harboring the Latin charm…. Yes, a lot of Milano was damaged during WWII and there are vast sections of the city that host tall apartment blocks, but even these neighborhoods hold the provincial sense of campalomismo(sp?) where inhabitants only shop at the stores on their portion of their boulevards. Also Milano doesn’t have the dreaded tourists walking around in their awful Bermuda shorts and tank tops… A little secret? From downtown take the subway past six-seven stops, then get off to see old time Italy that wasn’t damaged by the war that caters solely to the Milanese, no signs in English, tremendously good less expensive neighborhood restaurants and a street life as colorful as what is found in Italy’s south…. One of the most precious memories I have of Milano was at the La Scala opera house when my nephew Matteo and I walked into its foyer; hearing the orchestra I opened up a large door to see how close I could get into the theater but to be greeted by six young beautiful blond Milanese ushers (three males and three females) standing at each side of the door dressed in handsome dark blue uniforms, I apologized but the kids told me to come in a few feet where my nephew and I were able to hear the orchestra, after a civil amount of time I thanked the youths then stated, “Adesso poso morire”, now I may die!!!…. Viva Milano!!!!!!! ~ ~Thank you Jean Tori for the photos and article.

    • Thanks for the great note! I too have wonderful memories of La Scala when I used to live in Milan back in the 60s. In those days you didn’t have to go far to see la vecchia Milano (the traditional Milan). Grazie e cari saluti, Jean


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