The Moroni are natives of the province of Bergamo and, apart from Giovanni Battista Moroni, the famous sixteenth-century portrait painter, military engineers, architects, bishops, cardinals and prominent figures in politics, have given privileges and titles of nobility to the family.
The country villa in Stezzano was one of the four large mansions the Moroni possessed and this home still belongs to the same family who built it passing down through the generations to our time. Archive documents tell us that the Moronis started to purchase lands in Stezzano from the mid 1400s to consolidate what was to become an important estate of lands and buildings centred around sericulture and silk production.
At the peak of its expansion, Villa Moroni together with its appurtenances was 300 metres long and 80 metres wide. At the beginning of the 1800s the Moroni brothers, Count Alessandro and Pietro, appointed the architect Giacomo Bianconi to make all the changes needed to realise a mansion in neoclassical style, which was the fashion of the time. The architect Giacomo Bianconi was a pupil of Piermarini and chose the Royal Palace in Monza as his architectural model, imposing its neoclassical development on the existing seventeen century building.
The ground floor consists of large reception rooms, 11 of which frescoed, and each with a different theme. The taste of the time is faithfully represented in the imaginative collection of their decorations which illustrate mythological, heraldic and archaeological scenes.
Under reservation, is possible to visit the historical rooms of the Villa
Via Papa Giovanni XXIII, 6 - 24040 Stezzano - Bergamo (BG)
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