Milan’s private courtyards open to the public

21 May. Guided tours of stately homes.

Nine of the most spectacular, hidden courtyards and gardens of Milan, not normally open to the public, can exceptionally be visited on 21 May.

Guided tours have been organised by the Association of Italian Historic Residences (ADSI). Departures from 10.15 to 16.40, every 20 minutes, will be from the info point at Palazzo Borromeo d’Adda (in our photo) in Via Manzoni 41.

They will then move on to Palazzo Belgiojoso (Piazza Belgiojoso 2), Casa Bergamasco (Via Morone 2), Casa Marchetti (Via Morone 4), Casa Del Bono (Via Borgospesso 21), Palazzo Vidiserti (Via Bigli 10), Palazzo Anguissola Antona Traversi (Via Manzoni 10), Palazzo Morando (Via S. Andrea 6) and Palazzo Bagatti Valsecchi (Via Gesù 5).

Places on the tours must be booked by email at solopervoi@cittanascostamilano.it or by phone on 02 49533008 or 347 3661174. The tour costs €25, but is free for under-18s

A number of historic residences across Lombardy can also be visited in greater detail on the same day. In Milan, the Residenza Vignale (Via Enrico Toti, 2) will be open. Other residences, close enough for a comfortable day trip, will be open in Bergamo, Brescia, Lecco, Monza and Pavia.

More details on these opportunities to experience the glory of Italian stately homes are on the ADSI website.