Grand Hotel Boarezzo: past, present and future.

This is the Story of the “Grand Hotel of Boarezzo”, also known as “Albergo Piambello”, an hyperbole that starts in the 20s of the last century, wanted and built in the 20s by Giovanni Chini, also called “the artist of the cement”, who also decorated the sumptuous gallery of the Central Station of Milan and the Maritime Station of the Ponte dei Mille in Genoa. The hotel had 70 rooms with a dining room that can accommodate over 200 people. In the lower part of the hotel (built with three…

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A random walk around the Monumental Cemetery of Milan.

The Monumental Cemetery in Milan is really an open-air museum, since 1866 to today. In this article i don’t want speak about history, because you can safely write on google “monumental cemetery of Milan”, and read all the articles and histories you want, even if it is almost impossible not to yawn. For this reason i want speak only about some stories and some people who rest here. It easy understand that the Ambrosian Pantheon, starting from the Famedio (the main entrance of the cemetery), it’s not only a mortuary,…

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Grosio, the castles of Valtellina

The Castle Hill have a mix of the historical, archaeological, architectural and natural patrimony of various ages of the Valtellina. The hill is dominated by two castles. The “Castello Vecchio” (Old Castle) from the 10th-11th century and the “Castello Nuovo” (New Castle) which got constructed in the 14th century. Is interesting too, the traditional system of dry-stone terraces surrounding the hill, and unique is the “Rupe Magna”, a large rock which contains more than 5,000 engraved figures from the 4th to the 1st millennium BC. The “Castello Vecchio” (Old Castle)…

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Ex luxury Hotel Villa Castiglioni****, now dormitory for squatters

Villa Castiglioni is a prestigious residence, built in the early nineteenth century from the Mannati, a noble family from Milan. In 1821 was bought by Ermenegildo Castiglioni, a rich man with liberal ideas. Despite having a beautiful palace in Milan, in the current Corso Venezia, he preferred the this house in Induno Olona, because it was surrounded by green and quiet. To decorate the villa, Ermenegildo Castiglioni called the founder of a cabinetmaker dynasty from Paris, the Ieanselme family, to decore the furnishing of the whole villa. Most of the…

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