“Milan it’s always the same because it’s never the same!”
In its neighborhoods, there are many stories that make the city new and different every day.
For every corner you think you know, there's another one to discover."
Milan is one of the most well known cities of Italy, the Capital of Fashion, Design, Business and Lifestyle. It is a constantly evolving city but we suggest to start exploring the different neighborhoods that Milan offers!
Let’s start with the City Center, the heart of the city, where you can find attractions, museums and trendy shops.
The belly button and one of the symbols of Milan is the famous Gothic cathedral “Duomo”.
If you move to the left side of the Duomo, you can enjoy a stroll in the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, which is a lovely 18th-century arcade that hosts all there is of the luxurious in the city, including shops and fancy restaurants and bars.
On the opposite side of the Duomo square, you will find the 20th Century Museum (Museo del ‘900) and the art expositions center at the Royal Palace (Palazzo Reale).
The La Scala Theater (Teatro la Scala) is on the opposite entrance of the Vittorio Emanuele II Gallery. It is the most famous opera house in the world and an unmissable destination for music and “bel canto” lovers.
Now immerse yourself in Brera: this district boasts cozy, cobblestone streets and it is characterised by a high concentration of small design shops, art galleries and trendy cafés.
Milanese people love the fashionable cafés that offer aperitivo in the evenings.
The Brera neighborhood hosts one of the most interesting art museums in Milan: the Pinacoteca di Brera!
In the southern section of this district, you can discover the quintessence of Fashion in Milan: the Quadrilatero della Moda, where all the luxury stores and high-end retailers are located.
Scuola Leonardo da Vinci Milan is located in Porta Romana neighborhood, where you will find the former city gate, which dates back to the XVI century.It is one of the most interesting districts in Milan, where many milanese celebrities lived and where you can find two important universities: Milan University and Bocconi University. It is not only a student-friendly environment, but it appeals to lots of young professionals thanks to the wide offer of coworking spaces.
Another must-see is Navigli neighborhood: usually filled with busy Milaneses and plenty of exciting nightlife options. Close to two canals “Navigli” and a dock “Darsena”, things can be quiet during the day, but this is absolutely an area where the young people like to party after the sunsets. On Saturdays, you can also enjoy the local culture at the Fiera di Senigallia flea market, filled with antiques, vintage clothes, art pieces, and various items.
If Piazza Duomo is the historic heart of the city then Piazza Gae Aulenti represents the new face of Milan, the symbol of a metropolis that is changing and looking ahead to the future. It hosts the 231-foot Unicredit Tower, which is the highest building in all of Italy. Nearby is another pair of skyscrapers, the Vertical Forest, which won the International Highrise Award in 2004. They offer residential housing, boasting over 900 real trees.
Porta Garibaldi district was the industrial area of Milan but in the latest years it began to redevelop and today it is very popular with young people because it is hip and modern. It is loved for its bustling train station, trendy architecture and business headquarters.
Last but not least Lambrate district is perfect for strolling, you will discover all its colorful graffiti, the Designs shops and can also find dining, nightlife and even affordable shopping.
You can see, side by side: independent bookstores, traditional restaurants, natural wine shops, extotic restaurants, jazz clubs, cafes and historical shops. The perfect mix of the present, the past and the future of this district.
This is just a few of the multifaceted neighborhoods of our city.
Milan is full of hidden and stunning courtyards, scented gardens and parks, pink flamingos and ancient balustrade houses, where old and renovated buildings stand side by side.
Milan is always up with the times, or better, one step ahead!
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