The Villa Menafoglio Litta Panza in Varese takes its three names from the three families that owned it. Today, the 18th-century villa and gardens are better known as a contemporary art museum, the Collezione Panza.
Giuseppe Panza’s personal art collection has become the museum’s collection. He amassed one of the finest contemporary art collections in the world, much of which remained at his home, the Villa e Collezione Panza. Some of the rooms of the villa were given over to artists Panza admired, and a few are still as they were during Panza’s lifetime.
Visitors can see works by artists such as Dan Flavin, Phil Sims, Ruth Ann Fredenthal, David Simpson, Max Cole, and more. Some of the rooms also have antique furniture and African artwork.
The gardens are open to the public as well, and are designed in an English style with a small lake. The villa has a nice on-site restaurant.