District Guide: Porta Romana Featured

Discover the hidden treasures of Milan's Porta Romana.

by Laura May Todd

Quiet, stately and full of character: Porta Romana is quintessential elegant Milan. Full of grand, liberty-style buildings and crumbling Roman walls, there is no lack of architectural eye candy here in the southwest quarter of the city. But as you travel farther from away the centre along Corso Lodi, Milan’s industrial character begins to emerge. A patchwork of sprawling warehouses and ancient factories begins here that extends all the way to the edges of the city.

When you look a bit closer, it’s not just manufacturing you’ll find: creative studios, art galleries and sound stages have begun moving in to revitalise the area. All-work-no-play no longer; this up and coming area is full of some of the most interesting new projects, restaurants and bars to grace the city in recent years.

Fondazione Prada
The Prada Foundation’s OMA-designed contemporary art campus is surely at the top of any diligent design tourist’s must-visit list. Make sure you climb to the top of the gold clad Haunted House for an incredible view of Milan’s skyline from the south.

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QC Terme Milano
A visit to QC Terme Milano will soothe your soles after week-long exhibits. Relax in one of their many hot and cold pools, book a massage, or hop on board their sauna made from a converted Milanese tram. Aperitivo in robes here is quite famous, too.

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Fabbrica Orobia

Keep an eye on what pops up at this Lodi-area event space: their Salone exhibitions rank consistently among the best each season. Visit their website for schedules and shows.

 

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Enginux Concept Store

 

The Enginux Concept Store on Via Osti is packed to the brim with the best of Swedish and Italian design. You’ll find brands like Zero Lighting, Horreds and Brianza-based FIL, as well as great furniture like this Bob sofa from Blå Station.

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