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Bisighini's Villa

"Ladies and gentlemen, your presence in this house, softens my soul that is filled with reverent homage and it makes up for so many years of tireless work. It is my duty to thank the Honourable Senator, Mr Fornasari, Mr Monicelli and Mr Bresciano for the undeserved honours that they have paid me and for attending this party here in my home." Taken from the speech given by Bisighini for the villa’s inaugural party.

The villa was built between 1906 and 1912 by Francesco Bisighini upon returning from Buenos Aires after having made money there in the building sector. He spent part of his fortune erecting this stately home surrounded by the adjoining park, later flanked by a mausoleum to house his remains, as well as those of his wife Ernesta Crivellari. Bisighini called on several artists of the area to decorate the buildings: Anselmo Baldissara, painter and decorator for the frescoes inside the villa; Giuseppe Menozzi, scultor of the bronze statues that adorn the mausoleum door and altar, as well as the busts of the Bisighinis; Umberto Matteoni, author ot the marble statues in the park; Noradino Zapparoli,artist from Borgofranco, who painted the canvases. Upon his death, the villa was donated to the community of Carbonara, and it is now the town hall and house-museum.

Villa Bisighini

Historic photo of Villa Bisighini front.

Villa Bisighini

Historical photo of Villa Bisighini.

Villa inauguration photo, 1912.

Mausoleum Bisighini inside the Villa Bisighini property.

Mausoleum Bisighini.

Design drawings of the Bisighini Mausoleum.

Project with cross section of Mausoleum Bisighini.