Step into a time machine - a Renaissance palazzo built by 19th-century collectors.
The Milan of the 19th century had a passion for historic interior design. In 1883, just two years after the Poldi Pezzoli Museum opened to the public, brothers Fausto and Giuseppe Bagatti Valsecchi, who were also passionate about the new-fangled sports of cycling and ballooning, set to work to turn their family palazzo into a Renaissance masterpiece. Their intention was to recreate a fully functional home of the period around the year 1500, using original artefacts wherever possible. Now open as a historic house museum, their home in the fashionable Montenapoleone district of Milan is extraordinary - filled with Italian Renaissance art, furniture and decorative arts, down to brass and domestic utensils.