A few steps away from Alessandro Manzoni’s house, in Piazza Belgioioso, there’s Palazzo Belgioioso which is probably one of Milan’s most beautiful and well preserved Barocchetto buildings of early 18th century. The palace was commissioned from prince Alberico XII di Belgioioso d’Este, who chose the best architect of that time, Giuseppe Piermarini, who had previously designed Teatro alla Scala. The works, completed in 1787, produced a neoclassical building with traces of late Baroque.
Palazzo Belgioioso was the meeting point of many intellectuals such as Foscolo e Parini, as well as the prince’s friends that spent a lot of time there discussing art, poetry and literature. Unfortunately the palace’s interior cannot be visited, but we suggest taking a look at pictures of the three courtyards, the Criptoportico and the marvellous halls.