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Palazzo Confalonieri

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History

The façade of the building looks onto Via Monte di Pietà and is adorned with moulded window frames and wrought-iron balconies in the late Baroque style. The splendid door with an archivolt of stucco relief is surmounted by a balcony with elegant consoles. The upper section of the façade is crowned by wooden eaves and brackets and a moulded cornice. The unquestionable splendour of the interior is enhanced by its coffered ceilings with gilded rose decorations, the Louis XIV furniture with precious mirrors and chandeliers of Murano glass, and the works of art on display in the rooms.

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While attention should be drawn in particular to the 18th-century Venetian drawing room of green, gold and white lacquer with carved flowers in bright colours, all of the rooms present a splendid array of colour. Meetings and conferences are held in the Salone dell’Economia Lombarda (Hall of the Lombard Economy).
The interiors have been subjected to repeated restoration, while preserving the original decorative spirit intact, and the building has undergone at least two major episodes of renovation. The first was in the early 20th century, when it was bought together with other buildings in the block by the Cassa di Risparmio and then used for some years as the municipal tax office. The second, carried out when the building had already been in use for some time as the Cariplo Foundation Conference Centre, with an entrance on Via Romagnosi, was completed in 2006 and involved technological modernization. It is precisely the building’s very particular and sumptuous character that has led to its use as premises of prestige by the Foundation, which has also succeeded in preserving the small but precious green space opposite the entrance.

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