Since the 2015 Expo, Milan has gone through a major renovation that has added a futuristic-looking flavor to the historical architecture that is typical of all Italian cities. The cosmopolitan capital of Lombardy is well known to be the financial hub of the boot-shaped country, and with the latest changes, it arguably ranks among the most visited cities worldwide. Whether it be for design, fashion or other events, there is often a reason to stop by, and we're going to tell you why.
Gae Aulenti is one of the hottest areas of Milan. The square, in the Porta Nuova neighbourhood, is named after the prolific Italian architect and is characterized by a fountain, in the centre, surrounded by shiny new high-rise towers that redefine the area. Here you can find tasteful shops, buzzing restaurants and cafes. We recommend taking a peek at Feltrinelli Red, Colmar and Octavious Bar at The Stage. While in the area, make sure to check the Palazzo Lombardia (maybe on a Sunday to head to Belvedere on the 39° floor and have a 360 view) as well as the Vertical Forest.
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City Life is the biggest shopping district in Italy. Part of a massive redevelopment of the Fiera di Milano, the city old trade centre, the area is characterised by three exquisite towers designed by different architects: Arata Isozaki and Andrea Maffei, Zaha Hadid and Daniel Libeskind. This will not only include the shopping centre but also the city’s second-largest public park and residential complex. The whole project is scheduled for completion in 2020. Easy access to the area is with the M5 line Tre Torri station.
This is as local as it is going to get. Lambrate district is located 6 km north-east of the city centre and in the recent years has received a lot of affluence thanks to Fuorisalone events, WEating and vintage Sunday markets like East Market on Via Ventura. The fresh revamp, of the suburban area of Milan, goes hand in hand with the more traditional businesses, like Birrificio Lambrate, that have served locals for years. Stroll down also Via Conte Rosso to glimpse at design hub Spazio Donno and church Santa Maria Bianca della Misericordia.
What are you waiting for? Put your shoes on and start walking.
For more on what to do in Milan, visit our Destinations page.