Palazzo Stelline is one the historical places of Milan and it is located in Corso Magenta in front of the church of Santa Maria delle Grazie. The building was an ancient convent for the Benedictine nuns and it became an orphanage for girls, named “stelline” (little stars) in the seventeenth century. Since 1986 it has been the seat of the Stelline Foundation formed by the administration and the Region of Lombardy.
Elements worth noting include the stone staircase, the hallways of the cloister and the magnolia in the middle, which is now the symbol. The Foundation promotes very important international social and cultural events and organizes projects on contemporary art and on twentieth century art.
The permanent collection has got 33 art works; “Montagna” by Attilio Forgioli, 52 by Giuseppe Coco dedicated to the Milanese Underground and “Sforzinda” by Massimo Uberti, made of silver nitrate on glass. The complex hosts a Congress Centre, a bookshop, the Stelline Caffé and Gourmandises in the private garden, the restaurant Orti di Leonardo and a hotel.