Since the very first moment I moved in nearby, la Rotonda della Besana became a scenery for my customary afternoon reading. I have been always fascinated with the snugness and tranquility behind the red brick walls of the park.
I remember passing by on via San Barnaba and catching sight of the well-kept garden through the bars of the elegant cast-iron fence wondering if this place was a park or a church. Later I discovered the entrance under number 12 on via Enrico Besana and got to know that this architectural composition was built in the 18th century to serve as a cemetery of the near hospital. The church San Michele standing in the middle of the park was deconsecrated and after hosting a series of temporary art-exhibitions, last year la Rotonda became home to the children’s museum (MUBA).
Interestingly enough, most of the time exhibitions and installations appear to be as attractive for adults as for the children. I could easily spend hours getting lost in the sophisticated selection of titles in the bookstore. And if it happens that I visit la Rotonda for lunch I definitely treat myself with a light choice from the menu of Rotonda bistro which is also situated inside.
Afternoons here are saved for a good reading while lying in the well-kept grass or somewhere on a bench under the shade of the encompassing brick wall.
La Rotonda della Besana | Art & culture, Relaxing | Free
Via Enrico Besana, 12
24 hours daily