Palazzo Rocca Saporiti, Milan

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The Palazzo Saporiti, also known as Palazzo Rocca-Saporiti, is a historic Neoclassical mansion in the centre of the north Italian city of Milan.
The mansion was commissioned in 1800 by Gaetano Belloni who managed the gaming room at La Scala. However, as a result of the prohibition of gambling in the Napoleonic era, he was forced to sell the residence to the Marquis Rocca Saporiti from Genoa. The mansion was built as part of a redevelopment project in the vicinity of the Porta Orientale on land which had belonged to the Capuchin Friars until their order was dissolved by the Austrian administration.
Completed in 1812, the project was said to have been designed by Innocenzo Giusti but it was in fact the work of Giovanni Perego, the Scala's famous scenographer, who was not officially entitled to handle the commission as he was not a professional architect. The building currently houses a Swiss bank.
The building's Neoclassical style is clearly inspired by Andrea Palladio. The predominant feature of the facade is the Ionic colonnade with its spectacular portico from which processions through the street below could be viewed. The ground floor has a bugnato finish while the main entrance is surmounted by a heraldic elephant. Between the first and second floors, a frieze depicts episodes from the history of Milan. Crowning the attic, there is a balustrade with six statues depicting the Dii Consentes sculpted by Pompeo Marchesi and Grazioso Rusca.
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  • Very beautiful and quite unique Palazzo, located in Corso Venezia, which is quite a fee, given stiff competition in the area.  more »
  • The imposing building that overlooks Corso Venezia was built in the early 19th century by Giovanni Perego, the Scala’s famous scenographer, in a Neoclassical style, so typical for the city. Its...  more »
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  • Right at the exit of the metro station Palestro you can admire one of the most beautiful and showy palaces of Corso Venezia. In the neoclassical style of Palladian inspiration, this beautiful palace was built in 1812 in a time of great restyling for the area that made it pass by the neighborhood of vegetable gardens and workshops in a new elegant neighbourhood of Milan well. Really beautiful the façade with the big colonnade in ionic style that holds a balustrade with nine statues representing Mercury, Venus, Juno, Jupiter, Apollo, Diana, Bacchus, Ceres and Janus.
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