Palestra Luchino Visconti

Palestra Luchino Visconti (The Luchino Visconti Gymnasium)

❝ We would be proud to give back to this historical space, so significant for our city and for the cinema’s lovers, new life and dignity, enabling our members of all ages and social backgrounds, citizens, visitors to Milan and cinema’s lovers to meet in an area without cultural barriers and stereotypes.
Like the Luchino Visconti’s movie 
Rocco and his Brothers, filmed here in 1960 ❞




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Recovering space and memory

The large room located in the basement of the Club is an opportunity to recover the historical memory of Milan. It was in fact home to a famous boxing gym, La Lombarda, from which came out, in the 50s and 60s, a world champion and two European champions. La Palestra was the scene of the film “Rocco e i suoi fratelli” (Rocco and His Brothers) by Luchino Visconti, a film and a director who are milestones in the history of Italian cinema, and a precious documentary that gives a cross-section of  the society of those years. This site should therefore recover its historical / cultural value, giving young people the opportunity to know and understand those social processes that are the background of the story told. La Palestra was unfortunately abandoned in the late ’70s for lack of patrons. It has since remained closed and never used.

The Project

The objective of the project we are presenting is to renovate the basement of the building of Via Bellezza 16/a, so that its spaces can be used again, and the city can be given a part of its historical memory back. In particular, the large hall, once restored, can become a space open to the city, and transmit the value of Italian cinema, because it will become an active laboratory in which the possibility of experimenting, seeing, implementing and enquiring will be offered. From cinema to theatre, an artistic performance will become a place of reference in Milan, the place where to meet to experiment and realize artistic products. The large room will become a multipurpose space, equipped for exhibitions, lectures, film screenings and theater performances. It will also be designed to be used for activities related to audio-video production, as well as photography exhibitions, musical events and concerts. As soon as it is in function, we will involve the schools and universities of the metropolitan city, especially the neighbouring ones, the cultural associations in the area, to implement together a participatory planning, which can really give an answer to the needs and dreams of the community.


Arci Bellezza is here, in the center of Milan, and very close to major universities. We are in Via Bellezza 16/a, 20136 Milano.

Pay us a visit, or visit the club website (Ita) to discover all our activities, or

Contact us for an appointment or a guided tour of the Palestra Visconti:

we are open 7/7 from 11.00 a.m. to 01:00 a.m.