If you think about the pink flamingo the first city that comes to your mind is Las Vegas for sure. This is the name of one of the first casinos that settled in the middle of the Nevada’s desert in 1946. What you probably don’t know is that the city of Milan is also known to be the host city of a small colony of Pink Flamingos…real ones! If you happen to be in Milan and you would like to look for these big pink birds standing on one leg avoid to explore the parks of the city or the countryside around Milan. The flamingos have chosen as their residence the garden of Villa Invernizzi, in the heart of the city.
The villa belonged to the Invernizzi family that made its fortune thanks to the production of dairy products. Now it is the headquarter of the Invernizzi Foundation. Romeo and Enrica Invernizzi were philanthropists, they have left an important legacy to the scientific community and to the city of Milan. The flamingos are for sure part of this legacy. Every child in Milan has toured the art decò district, where the villa is, at least once in his life and staring at the garden of the villa through the gate’s bars was a part of the tour. If you wish to do the same you just need to catch the red line of the underground services and get off at Palestro Station. Walk to via Serbelloni and then make a turn in via Capuccini. It will not be hard to guess where the villa is as you will probably see somebody else with their heads between the bars of the gate trying to take a picture to these majestic birds. They just stand there with their pink feathers and their yellow beaks. They won’t look at you they will keep elegantly on doing what they do. They are Milanese after all. Villa Invernizzi Via Cappuccini, 3 20122 – Milan Subway: Palestro (Red Line) Art Decò District