District Guide: Cadorna, Sant'Ambrogio & Ticinese

Where past meets present in Milan's medieval heart.

by LUXOS Editorial

The winding, rabbit-warren streets of Milan’s Cinque Vie neighbourhood – tiny, palazzo-lined alleyways between the bustling hub of Cadorna and shopping district of Ticinese – have barely changed since the medieval era. As far back as when the Romans inhabited the city it has been bustling trade centre. In fact, the ruins of the ancient Roman forum sat undiscovered beneath the Pinacoteca Ambrosiana library until relatively recently.

Museo Achille Castiglioni

The former offices and atelier of Milanese titan of design Achille Castiglioni have been preserved just the way he left them when he passed away in 2002. Step inside the mind of the visionary designer and explore his greatest works. Highly recommended.

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Rossana Orlandi
You can’t talk about Milanese design galleries without mentioning Rossana Orlandi. The diminutive curator with the iconic eyeglasses is the unspoken avatar of the city’s design scene. Stop by her eponymous gallery to find out what she’s dubbed the next big thing.

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Palazzo Litta
This palazzo is not only a step into Milan’s glittering past, it’s also a cultural centre that stages some of the most interesting exhibitions of the entire design week.

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BDDW
BBWD’s Milan headquarters are inspired by its handmade-in-Philadelphia. Expect playful seating, cheeky ceramics and irresistibly heavy wooden pieces that work from remote cabin to urban loft.

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Laboratorio Paravinci
Mother-daughter duo, Benedetta Medici and Costanza Paravicini, save a disappearing art form with their unique hand-painted ceramics, unlike anything you’ve seen before.

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