Montevecchia and feminism in the 18th century

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.
Check out the rest of my travels here.

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.

Useful information

The guided tour was organized by Villago.
Inside the villa it is not possible to take pictures, outside yes.

23 thoughts on “Montevecchia and feminism in the 18th century

  1. This is so beautiful. Would love to go here one day for a visit. I really appreciate you adding in some history to the villa as well, always lovely to know where something came from.

  2. Wow, what a beautiful place to get to see! I love exploring new cities and learning about their culture and history. I have not hears of this place or the stories behind it. Thanks for sharing!

  3. That was really a nice place and I love the history behind it most especially things about Maria Gaetana who focused herself to helped the poor and the needy.

  4. Wow, this is such a gorgeous and historical place to visit. Maria Gaetana sounds like a great person and I am sure her memories still remains in that place.

  5. I love visiting places with a rich history. It just feels amazing to be able to explore and walk around houses or buildings that have stood there for years! Not to mention it’s beautiful as well! Thanks for sharing your experience with us!

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