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City guide: Milan

City guide: Milan

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Economic capital of Italy and symbol of design and fashion in the world, Milan has kept its human size. Its charms are less spectacular than those of Rome or Florence, but it offers many nuggets that will appeal to lovers of la dolce vita. The Duomo, the Vittorio Emanuele gallery and the Naviglio are essentials, but do not hesitate to think outside the box to venture into its lesser-known districts!

A corner of nature: Brera Botanical Garden

Fleur Louis In the heart of the Brera district, hidden behind the Academy of Fine Arts, this former pharmaceutical garden has remained secret. Today it still houses a wide variety of flowers, aromatic plants and grasses. If you like sacred art, take the opportunity to visit the art gallery on the first floor of the adjacent building. Alongside contemporary Italian artists like Modigliani and Boccioni, it houses a superb collection of works from the 14th to the 18th century, including the famous Last Supper at Emmaüs du Caravaggio. Entrance via Brera 28 or via Fiori oscuri 4

Design Museum: the Triennale

Gianluca Di Ioia It is one of the most important design museums in the world, the headquarters of the International Triennial of Architecture and an unmissable event for art lovers. Its rationalist architecture by Giovanni Muzio houses not only temporary exhibitions, but also a theater and a bookstore. With its bar in the garden and its restaurant-terrace overlooking the Sempione park, it is also a particularly pleasant place in summer. Viale Emilio Alemagna, 6

Home shopping: Funky table

Fleur Louis The alleys of the Sant Ambrogio district are full of charm. With its old buildings, trendy boutiques and old converted workshops, the Via Santa Marta has captured the hearts of Milanese. The Funky table shop is one of the new arrivals. Founded by two decoration lovers, it is a real mine of objects with a strong personality. Ethnic memories, craftsmanship and vintage mingle in a cheerful colorful jumble. It is the ideal place to find a gift or the strong room that will give all its character to a table or a fireplace! via Santa Marta 19

An inventive library: Libreria 121

Fleur Louis Meeting point for lovers of beautiful books, the bookstore offers a fine selection of works from around the world on design, graphics, cuisine and architecture. Workshops and exhibitions of artists regularly enliven the space. There is also a selection of beautiful objects and children's books chosen for their aesthetic or innovative character. via Savona 17/5

A café with a decorative spirit: Pavè

Fleur Louis Almost all Milanese bars serve good cappuccino, but there are only a few that offer homemade pastries and exceptional pastries. Pavè is one of them, and combines a refined menu with the good taste of antique furniture. They make their own sourdough bread and their panettone is eaten all year round! At the end of the day, after a stroll to discover the Liberty district of Porta Venezia, it is the ideal place to drink a Spritz or a Negroni in a relaxed atmosphere. Via Felice Casati, 27

A designer boutique: Alessi

Fleur Louis A must in Italian design, this is the place to buy emblematic coffeemakers and kitchen and household items. Located on prestigious rue Manzoni, the store offers mythical souvenirs at all prices! Via Alessandro Manzoni, 14

An exceptional place: the Prada foundation

Fleur Louis Opened in 2015, the permanent headquarters of the foundation is not only a museum, but also a cultural project in the broad sense. It hosts permanent and temporary exhibitions, discovery workshops for children, a library and a bar set up by director Wes Anderson. Located in the post-industrial context of the rapidly growing Lodi district, which it dominates with its golden architecture, the foundation wishes to make the debate around knowledge, science and art accessible to all. Largo Isarco, 2

A gourmet market: Mercato del Suffragio

Fleur Louis At the same time a grocery store, an early market and a popular canteen, this indoor market, renovated at the end of 2015, has revived the life of the district. Open all day, you can shop and eat there until late in the evening. A paradise for lovers of fresh, local and organic products, from bread to fish to ice cream, fruit, cheese and wine, it gives pride of place to exceptional products in an informal atmosphere. Recommended for hot croissants in the morning or for a salty break at the end of the day! Piazza Santa Maria del Suffragio, 2

A vintage boutique: Mauro Bolognesi

Fleur Louis Located at the edge of Naviglio, a charming canal to the south of the city, this vintage boutique specializing in Scandinavian design, Italian lighting and wooden mirrors displays its finds in a soft harmony of pop colors and polished wood. An inspiring and warm place to discover! Ripa di Porta Ticinese 47

A museum: Museo del Novecento

Fleur Louis A must-see in the Milanese cultural landscape, this monumental museum on the Place du Duomo houses more than 4,000 Italian works from the 20th century. He presents in chronological order the great works of the beginning of the century (Picasso, Braque, Modigliani) to continue with the Italian futurists. The more you go up, the more you go back in time, towards artists of the 50s and 60s like Piero Manzoni or Lucio Fontana up to the contemporary works of Arte povera. The heights of the museum and the restaurant offer a breathtaking view of the square and the cathedral. Via Marconi, 1

A good pizzeria: Fofò Matozzi

Fleur Louis Impossible to miss this restaurant located near the Darsena in Milan! It would be to miss one of the best pizzas in the city, prepared in the rules of the art with first-rate ingredients, and to lose the opportunity to taste the delicious fried foods from the south of the country, arancini, ricotta bites , mozzarella in carrozza and other all'ascolana olives. Piazza XXIV maggio 6