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VILLA CICOGNA MOZZONI A RENAISSANCE JEWEL
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Lake Maggiore boasts the far-famed Isola Bella, perhaps the most elaborate of northern gardens. There are remains of gardens at Varese; but the most interesting scheme in this region, with the possible exception of Isola Bella, is doubtless Villa Cicogna Mozzoni, at Bisuschio on the Varese-Porto Ceresio line, not far from Lake Lugano. ROBERT WHEELWRIGHT (January 1914).
Established before 1440 as a hunting lodge of the Mozzoni family, it was subsequently embellished and completed between 1530 and 1559 with fresco wall paintings by the Campi brothers from Cremona and their disciples. In 1476 the life of Galeazzo Maria Sforza, Duke of Milan, was saved by Agostino Mozzoni and his dog from the onslaught of a bear, while staying as guest of the family.

House and garden from a picture of the late XIX Century
Such brave act earned favours and fortunes to the family. The garden was established by Ascanio Mozzoni, a man of great culture who from his travels brought back cues for the arrangement of his garden over seven levels.

In 1580 his only daughter was married to Giovan Pietro Cicogna through whose descendants we arrive at today’s owners. The most pleasant characteristic of the Villa is its merging with the garden. Almost as if nature, through its vineyard sprouts and flower wreaths, intended to invade the fresco painted ceiling of the porticoes. One can admire the two-flight stairway with a brook running in-between which leads directly to the halls of the Villa and also enjoy from above the sight of the beautiful panorama.The walled-in garden is a typical example of formal Italian garden with box hedges, water basins, fountains and a grotto with remarkable waterworks. Climbing towards the belvedere a more naturalistic romantic park follows.
Still nowadays the descendants of the Cicogna Mozzoni family are running the estate and taking care of the up-keep.
Today the villa is used for wedding receptions, exhibitions, social gatherings, cultural events and even for shootings location.
The house the garden and many of the objects are protected by Italian law and cannot be altered, but the Italian state doesn't give money for its maintenance.
Members of Associazione Dimore Storiche Italiane

VILLA CICOGNA MOZZONI UN GIOIELLO RINASCIMENTALE
Villa Cicogna Mozzoni di Bisuschio, in provincia di Varese, è un complesso architettonico progettato ed edificato durante il rinascimento, il primo corpo di fabbrica che aveva funzione di Casino di caccia fu edificato prima del 1440, il secondo (collegato con il primo) fu eretto dopo il 1530, diventando così una vera e propria villa di delizie, circondata da giardini su più livelli.

Nel casino di caccia, la famiglia Mozzoni soleva ricevere ospiti dell'alta società milanese che si confrontavano nell'antica arte della caccia, infatti in quel tempo la Valceresio era una meta privilegiata per la caccia all’orso bruno e al cinghiale.

Nel 1581 Angela, l’ultima erede dei Mozzoni, va in sposa a Gian Pietro Cicogna il quale in cambio della dote accetta di unire i due cognomi.
Il nuovo ceppo familiare continuò ad usare la Villa come luogo di svago e di delizie dove poter ospitare amici e parenti, andare a caccia e a pesca e godere delle meraviglie della natura così meravigliosamente “sintetizzate” nei giardini. Ancora oggi i discendenti della famiglia Cicogna Mozzoni si prendono cura di questa dimora. Dal 1957 sono visitabili il giardino e le 12 sale interamente affrescate e arredate con mobili e oggetti di varie epoche.
Oggi la Villa è anche sede di concerti, mostre, eventi culturali, è possibile affittare le sue sale per ricevimenti di nozze, cene di gala, set per film e foto.
La villa e il suo archivio storico sono posti sotto tutela con Legge: 364/1909; 1089/1939.
Dichiarata di interesse storico artistico con notifica del 19/5/1912, notifica del 6/7/1931, e notifica del 4/11/1941.

VILLA CICOGNA MOZZONI
Die Villa entstand 1440 ursprünglich als Jagdhaus und wurde im Jahre 1559 ausgebaut und verschönert. Von den Brüdern Campi aus Cremona und den Mitgliedern ihrer Schule vollständig mit Fresken bemahlt, stellt Villa Cicogna Mozzoni das typische Beispiel eines Renaissance-Landhauses dar, das in vollem Einklang mit den italienischen Gärten und den Terrassen von denen es umgeben ist steht. In den Gärten befinden sich Becken, Brunnen, Nischen mit Statuen, geometrische Hecken und eine herrliche Treppe mit 156 Stufen, die in der Mitte von einem Bach durchströmt wird. Alle Säle sind mit Möbeln, Gegenständen und gemälden verschiedener Zeiten ausgestattet.

Öffnungszeiten
Von April bis Oktober, nur an Sonn-und ferientagen von 09:30 - 12:00 von 14:30-19:00
Für gruppen von nicht veniger als 20 personen, ist eine voranmeldung nötig, telefonisch (09:00-12:00)
Gruppenführengen sind jeden tag möglich.
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