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I am strange, I always thought so and every day I understand it even more. Crystals are becoming another reason of my travel and day trip. I found them so special a way that nature uses to show her stateliness.
I’ve being always amazed and attracted by crystals and their colors, so I decided to find and visit all the places where I can admire them.
I started with a city near Monza, called Desio. It’s origins dated back before the Romans and during the XX century a lot of textile industries were built in the city and hosted the Autobianchi that became part of the FIAT.
One of the biggest and most wonderful monument of the city is Villa Tittoni. The Villa was build around the XVI century when the Duke of Rho possessed in Desio a country house that in the next century was requisitioned by the Royal Chamber of Milan along with their properties and sold by the government to the Marquis Ottavio Cusani (1651). Because of its position, the country house was used just as an holiday house and the Cusani continued to live in the official one in Milano and known as Cusani Palace.
One of the most impressive things of the villa is the presence of the big park, unluckily today we see just a small part of it. It’s an English park and not it is a public park where you can find the Desio’s habitants or the life track if you want to do some gymnastic.
When I visited the park, it was a nice day, not so cold and not so hot. It was a pleasure to sit on a branch and admire the old trees and listening to the birds.
I discovered its existence while reading the book of the famous art critic Philippe Daverio. You can image my happiness when I read about it. I didn’t expect anything, I always do like this so most of the times I didn’t have a delusion, but in this case I was amazed.
The museum is in one of the most wonderful part of the park: an old Franciscan monastery. You can notice the red tower from the park and when you reach it you can admire the red monastery that was built around the 1250, rumors said that it could be founded by St. Antonio from Padua. The monastery was closed on May the 26th 1777 because it was too small. It was transformed into a farmhouse courtyard and after a long period of degradation underwent a refurbishment between the 1972 and the 1976.
The first space you’ll meet it’s the crystal part: you can find pitted and non pitted crystals, pyramids, geodes, pendants and other things. To buy or to have information there are nice people that will follow you and answer to all your requests.
In the court you will find some door: one to the jewelry and the other one to the museum.
In the jewelry you’ll see people that are creating and that are at your disposal for everything you need. There are jewels of all prices, from the biggest to the smallest.
The museum was the part I preferred most. I stayed there a long to admire all the crystals and their formations. It’s one of the biggest and most interesting of all Italy thanks the big assortment of fossils and minerals from all the world.
Unlucky the villa isn’t open daily, but only during special events. In any case you can write and email (firstname.lastname@example.org) to have information and to book the visit. You can call the following mobile number +39349.9302810 from 4.30 pm to 5.30 pm.
The visit to the villa lasts about 1 hour. The cost is 9 Euro, 6.20 Euros for children from 6 to 12 years and for over 65, and gratis for child up to 5 years and for disabled people.
The visit to the villa and to the dungeon lasts about 1 hour and 45 minutes. The cost is 6 Euro, 4.20 Euros for children from 6 to 12 years and for over 65, and gratis for child up to 5 years and for disabled people.
Guided visit for children lasts about 1 hour. The cost is 6 Euro, 5 Euros for children from 6 to 12 years and for over 65, and gratis for child up to 5 years and for disabled people.
La Miniera of Pio Mariani Srl – Via Roma, 25, 20832 Desio MB
It’s easy to see, the big red tower is visible from the big park of the villa. When you see it, you just need to exit the park and you’ll find it on your right side.
It’s open from 9 am to 12 am and from 2 pm to 7 pm. Closed Wednesday and Sunday.
Desio is a small city between Milano and Monza and It’s easy to reach it. I suggest you those two solutions:
From Monza’s railway station: bus number S9. The journey is about 10/15 minutes, but if there is traffic it could be more.
From Milano Certosa or Porta Garibaldi or Romolo you have to catch the Treno Nord train. It journey depends from where you star, but it’s about 20/40 minutes.
If you want to use the car here are the coordinates for Desio: 45°37′N 9°13′E
Did you ever visited it? Do you like crystals and minerals?
From my blog: Fantasy Tale Travel