Villa Gaia Gandini
Villa Gaia got its name in the second half of the 15th century from the parties for which it was renowned. It is one of the oldest buildings on the Navigli, and is actually one of the oldest of the grand villas in Lombardy and has a rich history. Part of the building dates back even further as can be seen from the lancet windows found under the plasterwork, but it was the count Vitaliano Borromeo who gave it the majestic appearance it has today. The property then passed to the nobleman Filippo Borromeo, descendent Count Vitaliano and his wife Francesca Visconti and then to his children. It was in this period (October 1481, as is recorded in certain documents) that Bona di Savoia, widow of Duke Galeazzo Maria Sforza, who was staying in the castle at Abbiategrasso, practically a prisoner of Ludovico il Moro, came to Robecco with her ladies and courtiers as the guest of Giovanni Borromeo. It was then inherited by the Biglia family, patrons of Andrea Appiani, and then to the Confalonieri family, one of whom, Federico, was a famous conspirator. In the second half of the 19th century it was sold to th Decio-Gabrinis and then to the Gandinis. Today the villa is private property and is rented out for conventions, weddings and events.