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Villa Arconati

Villa Arconati

Villa Arconati is one of the historic villas of the Groane Park, located in Bollate, in the hamlet of Castellazzo di Bollate ( near Milan) from which it takes its name. It is an example of 18th century Lombard Baroque and has been declared a national monument. For its large and grandiose style, it was defined the small Italian Versailles in the eighteenth-century guides.
The Theater of Diana, is one of the fundamental places of a "garden of Delizia". Set up in the green or built in masonry, adorned with groups of statues or place dedicated to the representation of shows, parties and dances, the Theater was above all a symbolic space of expression of knowledge and culture.
The Diana Theater, equipped with daring hydraulic mechanisms, showed the full range of types of water features distributed in the garden. At the foot of the Andromeda Theater, a mosaic pavement offered the joke of many small spouts that started from the ground, while the Theater of Hercules celebrates the male element, the Arconati lineage.
The Italian gardens that surround theVilla are huge. A part of of the wood is composed by an intricate labyrinth that was one of the elements traditionally constitutive of Italian gardens, as is that of Villa Arconati.
The labyrinth in its last stage is organized on four axes and five concentric orders, following a path that finally leads to its center. Every path ended with a statue This is definitely one of the most hidden treasure that should be discover also by foreigner in search of unique places.

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