In a fantastic step for culture in Milan, the wonderful “Banca Commerciale Italiana” building, right in the city centre, diagonally opposite to the Scale Opera House, has recently been opened to the public and proudly exhibits the Intesa San Paolo bank’s art collection.
Enjoy not only the art but the building. Where the 19th century collection is held you can spend lots of time staring at the ceilings or checking out the details in the doors! This first wing of the building was built between 1775 and 1778. As you move into the more modern art collections so too does the building become more modern.
As it was previously a bank, the architect has retained this feeling and you can breathe in the little details of what was our traditional way of doing banking. He wanted to portray the feeling of an “open vault” where we can see the art inside, instead of it being secretly locked away!
There is also a small cafe internally which faces out to a lovely courtyard but there is also a cafe/restaurant that can be accessed without entering the gallery. However, entrance is free, so are the audio guides so why not still a glimpse at least!