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The Brera is one of my favourite areas of Milan.
Found just beyond the Duomo and La Scala, it is an area full of fabulous art galleries, fun shops, excellent restaurants and small B&Bs.

The Pinacotera di Milan, Milan’s famous art gallery is in Via Brera. The gallery houses a world renown collection of renaissance art.

The atmosphere of the Brera is best reflected in Via Fiori Chiari. This cobblestone street, with it’s planter boxes is lined with boutiques, restaurants and antique shops. My favourite shop, ‘Candele Mum’ at No 16 sells beautiful candles of all different shapes and sizes.

Via Fiori Chiari in Milan

Via Fiori Chiari

Cobblestone Streets in the Brera in Milan

Cobblestone Streets in the Brera

Welcome Mat at Torre di Pisa in Milan

Welcome Mat at Torre di Pisa

Another cobblestone street, Via Madonnina leads off from here at Ristorante Il Cestino, winding past intriguing shops and buildings, eventually taking you to the Church of the Santa Maria del Carmine and it’s piazza.

Church of the Santa Maria del Carmine in Milan

Church of the Santa Maria del Carmine

Near here are a couple of my favourite spots, both in Via Cusani.
Da Claudio: By day, it is a fish shop and quick lunch stop. At night it becomes a popular bar where prosecco is on tap and seafood antipasti available. In summer the crowd spills out on to the pavement

Ristorante Da Claudio in Milan

Ristorante Da Claudio

Antonio: Over the road from Da Claudio are three fabulous shops under the name Antonio – Antonio Shoes, Antonio Donna and Antonio Uomi – all displaying the latest fashions

Window at Antonio Uomo in Milan

Window at Antonio Uomo

Milan has a fabulous aperitivo culture. Bars offer a selection of antipasti with drinks, none more so than those in the Brera. The Brera comes alive at night, especially on the weekend. Restaurants and bars are full and people are window shopping or perusing the street markets that line Via Fiori Chiari.

Aperitivo in Milan

Aperitivo snacks

Via Solferino is another busy street in the Brera. There are some interesting shops here. Look out for Jamin Peuch for fabulous bags, AG Spalding & Bros for luggage accessories and L’Artigiano di Brera for great flats. Further up the street, you will find Antica Locanda Solferino, a popular B&B.

Fioraio Bianchi Caffè, is not far from here. Dine amongst the flowers or relax with coffee and cake.

Fioraio Bianchi Caffè in Milan

Fioraio Bianchi Caffè

On Monday or Thursday morning, the Via San Marco markets take place.

Fruit and Vegetables at the San Marco Markets in Milan

Fruit and Vegetable stall

Zucchini Flowers at the Via San Marco Markets in

Zucchini Flowers

On the outskirts of the Brera, Corso Como is where you will find Milan’s eclectic fashion emporium,10 Corso Como. This is also another interesting area with many boutiques, bars and restaurants.

Inside Dieci Corso Como, Milan

10 Corso Como

To get here, take Corso Giuseppe Garibaldi which borders the Brera on one side.
On the way, stop at Radetzky Cafe for coffee, lunch or aperitivo. I can highly recommend Sunday brunch!

Radetzky Caffe in Milan

Radetzky Cafe

Don’t want to explore the Brera on foot. Hire a bike instead!
Like many European cities, Milan has their own bike sharing programme called BikeMi. Dotted around the city are many bike stations where you can pick up or drop off your bike. Hire it for as long as you like, it’s a great way to get from one spot to the other. The first thirty minutes are free!

BikeMi station at the Duomo in Milan

BikeMi station at the Duomo

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On Friday, 9th September, 10 Corso Como in Milan celebrates it’s twentieth birthday.

For twenty years, Carla Sozzani’s stylish emporium has been an inspiration to aficionados around the world.

This former garage is not only home to the latest fashion for men and women but is also a cafe and restaurant, art gallery, design store and bookshop. There’s even a B&B called 3 Rooms.

An eclectic range of shoes, bags, accessories, jewellery and clothing from the cream of designers is on display here. It’s very hard not to be tempted to buy a memento.

No trip to Milan is complete without a visit here.
Don’t miss it!

Entrance to Dieci Corso Como in Milan

Entrance to 10 Corso Como

Courtyard Cafe at 10 Corso Como in Milan

Courtyard Cafe

Inside Dieci Corso Como, Milan

Inside 10 Corso Como

Bags from 10 Corso Como in Milan

Bags from 10 Corso Como

Situated in the Porta Garibaldi area of Milan, it is about a 20 minute walk fom the Duomo.
You might prefer to catch a taxi or take the underground to Corso Como and then enjoy a slow walk back through the Brera.

 

 

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What to do, where to go in Milan?

Milan is the financial and fashion centre of Italy. It can’t compete with the historical sites of Rome or Florence, so it is often added to an itinerary on the second or third visit to Italy or as a stop on the way to Lake Como. I’m not sure why this happens. Milan is one of my favourite Italian cities to which I return year after year.

Here is my list of the top five places to visit.

1. The Duomo
Because of its position in the heart of Milan, the Duomo is usually the first stop when visiting the city. Don’t miss a walk on the roof, wandering among the spires and statues and taking in the breathtaking views.
You can read about the Duomo here.

The Duomo in Milan

The Duomo

2. Galleria Vittorio Emanuele.
This 18th century glass and iron covered gallery is home to many beautiful shops, restaurants and cafes. Look up to see the magnificent central dome. Look down to see the emblems on the mosaic floor representing the cities of Milan, Rome, Florence and Turin. If you want to return to Milan you are supposed to place your heel on the emblem of Turin -the bull- and rotate clockwise!

Galleria Vittoria Emanuele, Milan

Galleria Vittoria Emanuele

The Dome of the Galleria Vittoria Emanuele in Milan

The Dome of the Galleria

Gucci Cafe at the Galleria Vittoria Emanuele in Milan

Gucci Cafe at the Galleria

3. La Scala
It’s an easy walk from the Duomo, through the Galleria and on to La Scala, Milan’s famous opera house which opened in 1778. Here some of the world’s best singers and orchestras can be heard and famous ballets seen. If you cannot book tickets to one of the performances, a visit to the Museo Teatrale alla Scala ( Museum) also includes a visit to one of the boxes where you can look down on the stage. If the theatre is being used, you may not be able to go into the box, so check on the board outside or ask when you buy your tickets

Teatro alla Scala, Milan

Teatro alla Scala, Milan

Rows of private theatre boxes line the walls of La Scala, Milan

Rows of private theatre boxes line the walls of La Scala

Foyer off the boxes at La Scala, Milan

Foyer at La Scala

Poster advertising Romeo et Juliette at the Teatro alla Scala, Milan

Poster advertising Romeo et Juliette

4. The Last Supper
Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece, “The Last Supper”, is one of the most famous paintings in the world. It covers a wall in the former dining hall of the monastery attached to the Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie. In order to reduce deterioration, admission is strictly limited to 25 people every fifteen minutes. Tickets are often sold out months in advance, so buy them online as soon as you know you are visiting Milan. I use Tickitaly

Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milan

Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie

Bramante's Dome on the Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie in Mila

Bramante Dome

Leonardo da Vinci's "The Last Supper" in Milan

Leonardo da Vinci's "The Last Supper"

On you way back from here, stop at Peck’s in Via Spadari, to see Milan’s best food store

5. Visit the Golden Triangle
This is the name given to Milan’s famous shopping streets, Via Monte Napoleone, Via della Spiga and those that run between them, Via San’t Andrea, Via Gesù, Via Borgospesso. Home to the country’s famous designer shops, you should come here to window shop even if buying is not for you.
There are also some wonderful shop interiors and window displays to be seen

Gucci on Via Montenapoleone, Milan

Gucci on Via Montenapoleone

Window at Prada in Milan

Window at Prada

Sergio Rossi window on Via Montenapoleone in Milan

Sergio Rossi window on Via Montenapoleone

Lanvin shop on Via della Spiga, Milan

Lanvin shop on Via della Spiga

Hungry! Near here is Paper Moon, a popular restaurant for pizza, salad or three courses in Via Bagutta.

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A great spot in Milan for lunch is Fioraio Bianchi Caffe.
Originally a flower shop, this cute little cafe is very popular with locals and visitors to the Brera. It’s also perfect  for coffee and cake!

Fioraio Bianchi Caffe
Via Montebello,7
Milano
Tel: 02 29014390

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As we travelled through Sicily, I was always plotting and planning the restaurants for our next stop.

In Modica, the owner of our B & B was from Milan, so the inevitable question was asked- what restaurant would you recommend in Milan

The answer was Osteria del Binari.

Hiding in the Porta Ticinese area of Milan, this traditional restaurant is worth the taxi ride.

The unassuming entrance is easily overlooked.

Entrance to Osteria del Binari in Milan

Entrance to Osteria del Binari

As we walked inside, the front rooms were empty so I started to worry but, thankfully, I spotted the table of home-made tarts and knew there was no reason to do so!

Home made tarts at Osteria del Binari in Milan

Beautiful home-made tarts

I was later told that, in winter, these front rooms are lit by a large fire and are very cosy and warm. As it was a stunning summer night, we were eating outside in the garden. Perfect!

Dinner in the garden at Osteria del Binari in Milan

Dinner in the garden

After being seated, glasses of prosecco arrived together with an appetiser of terrine and fresh cruditè

Knowing I would be ordering dessert, I ordered the proscuitto and buffalo mozzarella for antipasti whilst my husband chose the eggplant and cheese mousse with fresh tomato.
The italian menu was far more appetising than my translation!

Proscuitto crudo di parma with mozzarella di buffala at Osteria del Binari in Milan

Stunning Proscuitto crudo di parma with mozzarella di buffala

Sformato de melanzana con scamorza e velluta di pomodoro fresca at Osteria del Binari in Milan

Sformato de melanzana con scamorza e velluta di pomodoro fresca!

The decision of what to have for Primi piatti was hard. Choices included homemade pasta with veal ragu and porcini mushrooms, Agnolotti del plin (a piedmontese speciality), calamari with baby scampi, zucchini and tomato or the risotto alla milanese.

Pasta fresca al torchio con ragout di vitello bianco e funghi porcini won. It was sensational!

Pasta fresca al torchio con ragout di vitello bianco e funghi porcini at Osteria del Binari in milan

Pasta fresca al torchio con ragout di vitello bianco e funghi porcini

When in Milan , you must try the cotoletta alla milanese, so this was ordered for secondi – uno per due!!

These are great little words to remember for when you would like to share the dish.

Cotoletta alla Milanese at Osteria del Binari

Cotoletta alla Milanese

I already knew what I was having for dessert!

Home made lemon tart at Osteria del Binari in Milan

Home made lemon tart

My husband continued his quest for the perfect tiramisu. Very close!

Tiramisu at Osteria del Binari in Milan

Another tiramisu!

After dinner goodies at Osteria del Binari in Milan

After dinner goodies

We’ll be back!

Eat

Osteria Del Binari
Via Tortona, 1
Milan
Tel: 02 89406753

Osteria del Binari

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Milan’s magnificent Duomo stands tall and proud in the centre of the city.
Roads circle the Duomo and radiate out from here. Everything is measured in time from the Duomo. La Scala is 2 minutes from the Duomo, the Brera is 5 minutes from the Duomo, the Last Supper is a 10 minute walk from the Duomo

Duomo in Milan

Milan

Construction began in 1386 and took five centuries to complete.
Learning that there are 135 spires and nearly three thousand statues, you can understand why it took this long

Outside the Duomo in Milan

Outside the Duomo

Closeup of the doors of Milan's Duomo

Closeup of the doors

Inlaid marble floor of Milan's Duomo

Inlaid marble floor

The organ is the largest in Italy. Duomo in Milan

The organ is the largest in Italy

The light streams in through the magnificent stained glass windows

Magnificent stained glass windows in the Duomo in Milan

Stained glass windows

Stained glass window in the Duomo in Milan

Another stained glass window

Whilst there are many treasures inside the Duomo, it is the roof top that is the star.

The Duomo has recently undergone a huge cleanup and once again the magnificent pinnacles and spires that dominate the skyline, sparkle
A walk on the roof is not to be missed. The views are fantastic.
You can choose to either walk up the stairs or take the lift. Tickets for the lift can be purchased at the kiosk outside in the back right hand corner (facing the Duomo) and the lift entry is in the back left hand corner!

Spires on the roof of the Duomo in Milan

Some of the 135 spires on the roof

View of the flying buttresses on the roof of the Duomo in Milan

View of the flying buttresses

View over the rooftops from the Duomo in Milan

View over the rooftops

View from the rooftop of the Duomo in Milan

Statue on the roof of the Duomo in Milan

Statue on the roof

The Madonnina, Giuseppe Perego’s gilded bronze statue, stands on top of the main spire

Madonnina statue on the top of the Duomo in Milan

Madonnina Statue

Looking down on the sculpture in the Piazza di Duomo, Milan

Looking down on the sculpture in the Piazza

The Duomo in Milan at night

The Duomo at night

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