Via Brera is where luxury meets artistry. Known as the artistic heart of Milan, the district is home to small shops selling fine watercolor paints and linen canvases, as well as galleries and work studios where artists’ visions become reality. Among these charming businesses you will find quaint cafés, local eateries and boutiques featuring top designers such as Marc Jacobs and Gucci. Via Brera is an ideal starting point from which to experience the real heart of Milan. On a foggy day you can wander through the street and inter-connecting alleyways and feel as if you're on the set of a Hitchkock film, or reconnect with the present and enjoy a trendy aperitif at Bar Brera, or put your artistic eye to work at the Pinacoteca di Brera, which is an exquisite museum known for its collection of masterpieces from Europe and abroad. If you can, try and get a sneak peak or a tour of the 17th century library that will have you amazed at the wealth of history and culture tucked into Milanese's institutions. What seems ordinary and simple on the outside may very well surprise you. You will also find an abundance of antique shops and small artisan eateries offering exclusive tea blends and rich chocolates.