our journey and our good addresses in the Lombard capital

WEEKEND AT – Between urban tours, contemporary art museums, prestigious foundations and gourmet addresses… The economic capital of Italy is an ideal destination to discover in 2 days. Follow our route!

Milan It is a city that lends itself to smooth mobility. From Malpensa airport, a express train takes you to the central station in less than an hour (13 euros). From Linate, the metro line 4 takes you to the heart of the city, to San Babila, in a quarter of an hour (€2.20). Once in Milan, it will be easy to find your way around the neighborhoods that are well served by public transport. You have to get lost in the streets of the Lombard metropolis to appreciate its particularities and discover all its facets.

Always modern without being totally contemporary, the city in the north ofItaly is inspired by countless influences found in its museums, but also by its gastronomy and its art of living, whose creativity never ceases to surprise. Andiamo!

Day 1, from classic to irreverence

Milan’s Gothic Cathedral and its famous Duomo. Nolwenn Pernin

MORNING

9am: Duomo (at the opening with skip-the-line ticket) because without its cathedral Milan would not be Milan. Whether you like the Gothic style or not, the beauty of this 108 meter high building will not leave you indifferent. Its pearly white facade looks like embroidery. If the polychrome marbles in the interior are impressive, the terraces are perhaps even more so. We advance between towers and flying buttresses, admiring the square and its neoclassical palaces, the vibrant heart of the metropolis, from above.

The dome of the Vittorio Emanuele gallery. Vittorio Emanuele Gallery / Press photo

11am : to the left of Piazza del Duomo, the elegant Vittorio Emanuele Gallery, with its glass dome and splendid mosaics. Full of tourist cafes and boutiques, the gallery is an unmissable passage towards the Golden Quadrilateral. Located northeast of the Duomo, this neighborhood is the epicenter of luxury. The beautiful Montenapoleone, Manzoni and della Spiga streets are home to the biggest brands. If you can’t shop there, it’s worth taking a look at the windows, which rival in creativity, with a coffee break Pit. This very chic Milanese institution has remained old-fashioned with its white tablecloths and woodwork. You can taste succulent pastries, including panettone prepared according to the rules of the art.

12pm: If you have time before lunch, don’t miss the Luigi Rovati Foundation, a short distance away, going up towards Porta Venezia. This new museum, founded by a family of scientists from Monza, houses a splendid collection of Etruscan art in the heart of a 17th-century palace fully restored with an ecological design approach.

LUNCH

Direction Lubar, restaurant/cafe with Sicilian touches located in a neoclassical greenhouse in the middle of the interior courtyard of the Modern Art gallery. Bucolic atmosphere with candy, tasty dishes and quick service. Its beautiful terrace attracts the Milanese on sunny days (reservations are recommended).

AFTERNOON

Villa Necchi Campiglio, built in the early 1930s. Press photo

15:00.: On the other side of Corso Venezia, a few blocks from the Rovati Foundation, is one of Milan’s treasures: the Villa Necchi Campiglio. Located in the heart of a magnificent garden with a swimming pool, this large residence was designed by architect Piero Portaluppi in the early 1930s at the request of the heiresses of the sewing machine manufacturer Necchi. Its sumptuous decoration, combining rationalism and opulent neoclassicism, inspired Ridley Scott for some scenes in his film House of Gucci.

Toiletpaper Living, via Balzaretti, is a permanent work of street art. Press photo

4:30 pm: after this dive into the world of the great pre-war Lombard industrial bourgeoisie, discovery of a contemporary and urban Milan on rue Balzaretti, between Porta Venezia and the central station. It was transformed into a permanent work of street art by friends Maurizio Cattelan and Pierpaolo Ferrari, founders of the magazine and brand Toilet paper, that subverts advertising codes with wacky humor.

APPETIZER

South American immersion at Porta Venezia in the new bar Eppolinowith its spectacular stone counter, Mexican-Italian fusion tapas and good music (the bar is very narrow, better to reserve in winter).

TO HAVE LUNCH

Return to Piazza del Duomo for an unforgettable evening in front of the cathedral Spazio Niko Romito (Ask to stay in the room with a view of the Duomo). Italian gastronomic recipes created by the talented Gaia Giordano in a pure environment (reservation required) with restrained addition.

Day 2, between futuristic architecture and contemporary art

The Biblioteca degli Alberi or BAM, in front of the Bosco Verticale. Press photo

10 a.m. : Gourmet breakfast at Biancolatean immaculate cocoon near Porta Nuova, where lovers of sweet and savory foods will delight in a multitude of offerings.

11:30 am : Leaving Biancolatte, a few steps towards Garibaldi Station will take you to the Gae Aulenti Square which links the historic center and the new neighborhood of Porta Nuova, encompassing the old railway station and Isola, long discredited, now bohemian and ecologically designed. The reflecting pool in the center of the square is dominated by Milan’s most futuristic skyscrapers, including Cesare Pelli’s UniCredit Tower and Stefano Boeri’s Bosco Verticale. The thousands of plants spread across its façade are reminiscent of those of Library of the Alberi (BAM), contemporary botanical garden adjacent to Gae Aulenti Square. Meadows, a small lake and wildflowers create an oasis in the heart of the city. Free events are held every day in the park.

LUNCH

Just below Bosco Verticale, surrounded by BAM trees, Ratana occupies a former warehouse at Garibaldi station. A forerunner of sustainable cuisine, Cesare Battisti, the charismatic chef and owner of the restaurant, revisits traditional Lombardy recipes with undeniable talent. His “Risotto alla vecchia Milano” is unmissable.

AFTERNOON

Carsten Höller, “Upside Down Mushroom Room” at Fondazione Prada. Prada Foundation / Press photo

15:00.: a short walk and a few metro stations (line 3 from the central station towards Porta Romana) will allow you to reach the city in half an hour. Prada Foundation. This former distillery, completely redesigned by the OMA agency (Rem Khoolaas) in 2015, presents one of the richest private collections of contemporary art in Italy in a spectacular minimalist decor with an elevator apparently suspended in the void, works displayed upside down, Jean -O Luc Godard’s studio with his books, furniture, paintings and many personal objects…

COFFEE BREAK

At the entrance to the foundation, the Bar Lucedesigned by Wes Anderson to recreate the atmosphere of the Milanese cafes of yesteryear, it will offer a last break before leaving Milan.


Address book

Il Duomo, Duomo Square. From €8.

Café-Pasticceria CovaVia Monte Napoleone, €8.5 espresso.

Luigi Rovati FoundationCorso Venezia, 52. €16.

LubarVia Palestro, 16. Around €35 ​​per meal.

Villa Necchi CampiglioVia Mozart, 14. €15.

EppolinoVia Melzo, 28. From €10 per cocktail.

Spazio Niko Romito, 4th floor of the Mercato del Duomo, in the Vittorio Emanuele gallery. €70 for a shared menu.

BiancolateVia Turati, 30. €2.30 for an express.

Biblioteca degli Alberi Milan (BAM).

RatanaVia Gaetano de Castilia, 28. €70 approximately per person.

Prada Foundation, Largo Isarco, €2.15

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