The Palazzo Cavagna Sangiuliani dates back to the 18th century and was the residence home of Conte Antonio Cavagna Sangiuliani, (Alessandria on August 15 1843 – Milan 1913, June 5). He was born to his father Don Giovanni Battista Cavagna, Conte of Gualdana and the noble Ida Fenini from Milan. Later he was adopted by his cousin Antonio Sangiuliani, Count of Balbiano, in 1853, and he added the surname to his own Cavagna.
Public official, great scholar and passionate book lover, he published 160 works regarding the history of Italy, especially of the Lombardy and Piedmont regions. Public official, book collector, and recognized authority on the history of the Lombardy and Piedmont regions in northern Italy. His library contained tens of thousands of books on history, genealogy, biography, and law, including city statutes and organizational bylaws. The manuscripts in the collection especially reflect the study of local history and include charters, chronicles, investitures, leases, and other legal instruments relating to Italian cities, organizations, and families. In his own library, more than 80,000 works among precious books, manuscripts were found.
The entire collection was sold in 1921 to the United States of America. Today his entire collection is open for research at the Library Illnois University.
Conte Antonio Cavagna Sangiuliani’s son inherited the Palazzo at the end of 1960’s.
Recently we have decided to convert our private residence into an elegant and charming B&B to welcome guests from worldwide and let them know a part of our story.