Montevecchia and its history
Montevecchia, almost like all the Brianza hills, is among the highest points of the place and for this reason in Roman times, but also later, it has always been a point of control.
Over time, Montevecchia has also become famous for its hilly terrain that favors the cultivation of vines. Even at one time the Brianza wine was more appreciated than the current famous Franciacorta wine.
This is where Villa Agnesi Albertoni rises.
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The history of the Villa
In the seventeenth century the Spanish Governor settled in Milan and sent Montevecchia his own feudal lord for the control of the territory: the Pani Girola Family.
In the eighteenth century, when the feud was sold, it was bought by the Brivio Family, who were not noble but wealthy silk merchants.
The villa then passed as a gift to the Agnesi Family when Anna Brivio married Pietro Agnesi around 1740 and to the Albertoni Family, again because of a marriage.
Thus the villa remains the property of the Agnesi-Albertoni Family until it was bought by the Azzoni Family, the current owners, in 1970.
Maria Gaetana Agnesi
Among the most famous figures that have inhabited the villa stands Maria Gaetana Agnesi daughter of Pietro Agnesi, a lively and curious little girl who shows a high intellect since she was a child.
At the age of 6 he is able to speak and write in Italian and French and before the age of 15 he speaks 7 languages: Italian, French, Latin, Greek, Aramaic, German and Spanish.
Maria Gaetana also studies scientific subjects, at that time reserved only for men, and at the age of 30 she wrote “Analytical institutions for Italian youth” in which she explained mathematics and infinitesimal and analytical calculus in a simple and understandable way.
After the death of her father, Maria Gaetana dedicated herself to the poor and needy, first becoming a donor at the Pio Albergo Triulzo in Milan and then subsequently Director of the women’s department.
Even today the “Versiera di Agnesi” (geometric curve) is used, applied for example for the flight of drones.
The guided tour was organized by Villago.
Inside the villa it is not possible to take pictures, outside yes.