Many people avoid coming to Milan, because they imagine a grey smoggy busy city. Milan is indeed a business oriented town, but a lot has changed since the Expo that took place in 2015. Bike friendly, pedestrian and lively, these are some of the adjectives that come to my mind after strolling around the city.
When walking through the city remember to always look in the big entrance doors, as some of the most beautiful spots, are inside the courtyards and entrances of elegant buildings. Forget the shopping, focus on the arts and on the multiple culinary attractions the city has to offer!
Just few steps from the famous Galleria Vittorio Emanuele and the renowned Scala di Milano, there is Brera, a district that has the aura of a small village. Its pedestrian streets will allow you to discover beautiful little stores and eventually end up in front of the Pinacoteca di Brera. Here you will find master pieces from the XX century part of its Collection and temporary exhibitions.
It’s botanical garden will bring you right at the doorsteps of the Bulgari Hotel. An oasis in the city, there aren’t many places where one can find such a peaceful atmosphere and garden in the city. Enjoy the apperitivo (after work drinks) or a light lunch with the unforgettable Spaghetti al Pomodoro.
Another area that not a lot of people explore is that of Corso Magenta. The home of the first Pasticceria Marchesi, recently acquired by Prada, in this magical sweetshop you will enjoy true Italian mini patisserie and the most creamy cappuccino. Walking through this street you will discover elegant and bohemian stores, you will feel richer by looking at the beautifully decorated windows.
Walking up Corso Magenta and with your back towards the center, you will arrive in front of the most famous church, after the Duomo: Santa Maria delle Grazie. In here the unique painting by Leonardo Da Vinci: The Last Supper. (remember to book in advance!)
Photo Credits: Dimitris Kossyfas, Leonardo Meletopoulos