Villa e Collezione Panza

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Villa e Collezione Panza
4.5
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Katerator
Madison, WI24 contributions
Worth the Visit!
Sep 2020
The gardens were peaceful and beautiful. We spent a nice time walking around as well as sitting and reading.

The staff was very friendly and helpful. It wasn’t too busy and we got a very detailed welcome into the first dining room area. The employee was very knowledgeable and interested in having a chat with us.

The art collection might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but it’s the first time I’ve seen a collection with such a specific history hung in such an interesting setting. It’s hard not to appreciate the collector’s passion for these works!
Written 4 September 2020
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Tualie
Varese, Italy1,148 contributions
Eclectic, great if into modern art
Feb 2020
Remember that visited the villa nearly 20 years ago, found it weird that match between a classic refined villa with modern minimalist art, which I didn’t like it. Totally white rooms and monochrome paintings were called art. Not my type, I have to say. But we evolve as the years go by, perspectives and senses change.

Still is not my type of art, but this time I appreciated more the juxtaposition of styles, enjoyed the whole villa itself but maybe a bit more care of the gardens would be nicer.

The villa was started in mid XVIII century by Marquis Menafoglio who thought that hill over Varese city (on those days, Varese was not the current city, was a walled village with 6 gates with moat and creek that unfortunately no longer exist) was a perfect place to build his country estate. Due financial problems in the 1820’s, the property was sold to a Milanese nobleman, Litta, who began to expand the property commissioned to Luigi Canonica (well-known architect and urban planner of those days) who designed the Great Hall, built the carriage house, stables and restyled part of the original French into English gardens. During the XX century Great Depression, the villa was purchased by the Panza family (Ernesto, then inherited by Giuseppe) who commissioned further addings (fountains and greenhouse). The noble title of Earl (or Count) was given on those days by the second-last King of Italy before the abolition of the Italian monarchy.

Count Panza (Giuseppe) was an avid collector of contemporary art (in particular, American) gathering pieces from the 50’s to the 90’s before the donation of the whole complex in 1996 to the FAI (Italian National Trust).

OK is not the MOMA, Tate or Guggenheim but if in the area and these type of art is appreciable for you, stop and visit; my little ones enjoyed the lights corridor!

P.S. some might think that 15,00 euros is a rip-off but the property has expenses to face as a charity and membership organisation
Written 23 July 2020
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Biczus
Forest, Belgium287 contributions
Follow the light
Dec 2019 • Solo
Amazing villa and exceptional collection of art-facts giving a particular notion to light and space. Wonderful Italian garden with views on the town and nearby mountains
Written 10 December 2019
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gregoryscat
Buckinghamshire, UK226 contributions
Beautiful spaces for art exhibitions with lovely gardens
Oct 2019
Good parking. Little coffee shop. Larger restaurant (which we didn't try). Small shop. We saw the temporary Sean Scully exhibition which was thoroughly enjoyable with lots of space in which to display the a huge collection of work. Enjoyed some of rest of collection too. Views onto garden were lovely. Unfortunately raining so unable to enjoy the outside space which looked really special. Worth the visit.
Written 24 October 2019
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Cheuts
17 contributions
Not unforgettable
Aug 2019 • Couples
The nicest experience were the gardens. The villa in itself was not was we expected: not a lot of insights into what the villa looked like during the past centuries, instead a mix with some modern art paintings that were not quite our taste...in total for 2 we paid 30 euros which was a bit much for the experience. From the garden you will have a very nice view on Varese and surroundings, should we do this again, the gardens would be enough, not the visit of the villa.
Written 3 August 2019
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Paolo P
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LUOGO IMPERDIBILE IN LOMBARDIA
Jun 2019 • Friends
I visited the Villa several times because in addition to the permanent exhibition, each year they organize unique exhibitions of contemporary art that few museums in the world normally have. the place is magical, a quiet corner of architecture and gardens in the center of Varese.
Written 30 July 2019
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Back_Country_Bob123
13 contributions
Extraordinary Villa and Art Collection
Sep 2018 • Family
Let me preface this by saying art and culture isn't high on my list of things to do, but this beautiful villa is definitely worth a visit. The gardens and its location above Varese make it stand out as do the knowledgeable room guides, who are informative and friendly.

Not sure about Barry X Ball - lots of very unusual and, sometimes, disturbing exhibits (black marble female nude with added appendages!!) I suppose art is there to shock and stimulate. The heads were rather fascinating to me as a metallurgist. I was more interested in the manufacturing methods than the actual exhibit itself, but again, discussion was provoked by the piece.

Not sure if we were ripped off for entrance money by the FAI on this occasion where only my Daughter was admitted free due to her disability. Villa Balbianello allowed all three of us in for free - two off disabled and one carer. For that reason I've deducted a blob - rightly or wrongly!
Written 18 October 2018
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Christine C
Echuca, Australia298 contributions
Varied and interesting
Sep 2018 • Friends
The house and garden are enjoyable as you would expect a Nationsl Trust equivalent property to be, but the permanent exhibition based on the artistic use of light and colour is unusual and fascinating. We visited when an exhibition of contemporary work by US artist Barry X Ball was showing and we were fortunate enough to meet an Italian gentleman who personally showed us some of the exhibits and explained their history. All the staff were welcoming and helpful though not everyone spoke English. Three hours at the house was not enough.
Written 26 September 2018
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Vik1964
Gloucestershire, UK63 contributions
Disappointing
Sep 2018 • Couples
Was hoping to see some interesting modern art in a beautiful setting. The villa is lovely, the gardens are lovely, the art mainly consists of large blank canvases painted in one colour. Lots of installations with a couple of coloured neon tube lights which is supposed to be art. A case of "The emperor's New clothes". I've seen a lot of contemporary art museums in my time, this collection was not worth the entry fee.
Written 21 September 2018
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Danny L
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The grounds are magnificent
Aug 2018 • Family
While the contemporary art exhibits are not exactly my thing and the visit was expensive ... the grounds are magnificent and the restaurant food was very good. It was quite disconcerting to be followed around the villa the entire time we were there but maybe that's because we were the only people there for the 1st hour of our visit.
Written 6 September 2018
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