Dating from 1396 & built by the Viscontis this is a real gem. Set on the Lombardy plain out on its own it presents a lovely aspect as one approaches it up a corridor of trees and then through an impressive entrance gate.
The courtyard is just the right size to set off the facade and the interior is quite special with a number of chapels & refectory. The cloisters are really something and once housed around thirty monks called Certosi. Their living accommodation can be visited. Today there are only seven who live ouside the monastery and provide guided tours for the public; we joined one of these... well worth it!
The architecture seems just right and the colouring of the stone, parapets and eaves are quite something.
A really nice & different day out from the bustle of Milan.
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