Museo della Collegiata

Museo della Collegiata, Castiglione Olona: Hours, Address, Museo della Collegiata Reviews: 4.5/5

Museo della Collegiata
4.5
Religious Sites • Art Museums
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10:00 AM - 1:00 PM, 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
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The most important monument founded by Branda is the Collegiate church, built on the top of the upper hill of the village, on the site of the ancient castle, which remains of the entrance portal are still visible. The church and the Baptistery are part of the Collegiate Museum. Both have been decorated by Masolino da Panicale, one of the most important painters in Florence at the time of the transition from International Gothic to Renaissance. Lorenzo di Pietro called "il Vecchietta" and Paolo Schiavo worked with him in the Collegiate apse. But Masolino left in Castiglione his masterpiece: the frescoes of the Baptistery, with their fascinating fusion of landscapes and architectures, religious history and Renaissance setting, make the chapel, painted in every centimetre, one of the best achievements of the early Italian Renaissance.
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Alessandro F
Milan, Italy25,710 contributions
The ancient village was born more than 1000 years ago around the hill where used to be the castle ( today you can admire the Collegiata ), at the foot of the hill the river Olona flows.
The origin of the town can be found during Romans.
The village we can admire today is a creation of the Cardinal Brada Castiglione (1350-1443) who rebuild the village tanks to architects, sculptors and painters coming from Florence.
Many frescoes was done by Masolino da Panicale
Written February 27, 2021
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Alessandro F
Milan, Italy25,710 contributions
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Inside the courtyard of the Collegiata, beside the Baptistery, there is this small museum with several pictures and precious manuscripts.
Many tourists leaves the feedback only on this activity thinking is for the all church of Collegiata .....
Written March 1, 2021
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Helen G
Varese, Italy16 contributions
Couples
Great medieval town. Was able to park near the town hall for 90minutes for free.Walked down a street to see the tourist information office right in front of us. Was handed a great little leaflet, in English, giving all the necessary info about the old quarters. Walked around for half an hour absorbing the "oldness" then walked up to the main church, 6 euros to go in but well worth it to see all the 600 year old paintings on the ceilings. Also even better pics in the baptistery. Finished of with two beers in the main square...........result two happy bunnies!
Written July 10, 2014
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Grace B
Boston, MA118 contributions
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Castiglione Olona is a very small italian town with an old part and a newer, restored part. For tourists, the city has a lot of bars, cafes, and restaurants and classic art to see when you are there. To live in the town is another story. There is not a grocery store or a train station so it is a bit hard to live here without a car. But overall, it's a nice town to visit, close to Milan and Varese.
Written November 27, 2014
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Girella
Bergamo, Italy19,899 contributions
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The village built on a hill top in 1000 is north of Milan near Varese.
Thanks to Cardinal Branda Castiglione ( 1350 - 1443 ) it became the cradle of Christian Humanism in Lombardy. He called important painters like Masolino da Panicale, il Vecchietta, Paolo Schiavo and the Solari to work in the local church, baptistery and other parts of the village.
Among the many nice things to see - Chiesa di Villa, Piazzetta del Padreterno, Monastero delle Umiliate, Palazzo dei Familiari del Cardinal Branda, Museo Civico.... we found the Collegiata and above all the Baptistery the most interesting. There's a ticket to pay ( €5 ) then a nice elderly lady took us around giving us a simple but full and enthusiastic explanation about the buildings and the affrescoes. She was one of the volonteers and it was very clear she was so proud of her home village: this made her guide very pleasant.
We have visited many other medieval villages in Italy and must say that Castiglione Olona should be better kept. The value of the many historic and artistic treasures needs to be enhanced even with simple things: a little more order of the street furniture, a few flowers etc..
However we're glad we glad we visited this little medieval jewel.
Written April 5, 2012
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Kate B
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Couples
Ignore the older reviews! The whole place has been well looked after and restored. The market on Sunday was a little disappointing but the town itself was lovely. Two cafes, museums and church’s. A few little local shops but nothing too exciting. There was a short walk near the river and generally a quiet and lovely place. The locals have recently restored one of the buildings back to the 14th century which is when this town was built. Worth a trip, don’t let the the area surrounding put you off!
Bell ringers were interesting!
Written August 4, 2019
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rcaldin
Los Angeles, CA787 contributions
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Lovely small town on a hill and by the river. Beautiful old castle, old church and old wolrd feel. Live coming here, almostvlike stepping back in time.
Written February 23, 2017
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Angie S
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Well worth the effort to visit these unique and charming renaissance frescoes in the tiny town of Castiglione Olona outside of Milan.
Written February 13, 2019
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  • Wed - Sun 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Wed - Sun 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM