Often people think that Milan is just a modern fashion capital, not worth visiting.
“One day is enough” “the only nice place is the Cathedral” “Milan is just for shopping!”
All the above sentences are NOT true!
Milan is big, international, historical, artistic and open city, ready to amaze you every corner; you just need to follow us!
Here some suggestions for a cool and alternative day in Milan:
Just a few steps away from the frenetic and buzzing city centre you’ll be able to wander into the peace of the Quadrilatero del silenzio (Silence District) near Porta Venezia. Walk around to discover the hidden gems of Milan: from flamingos to eccentric buildings.
To go there you just need to walk 10 minutes from Duomo, away from the tourists and shops crowd, ready to feel like a local.
SOMETHING MAGIC: Ear-shaped Intercom – Palazzo Sola Busca, Via Serbelloni 10
This 20s Liberty-style building called Cà dell’oreggia (“Home of the Ear”) named after its huge bronze ear-shaped intercom. It’s a work of art built by Adolfo Wildt in the 30s and it sadly doesn’t operate anymore. It is said that if you whisper your wishes into the intercom, one day your dreams will come true.
UNUSUAL BUILDING: Palazzo Berri Meregalli – Via Cappuccini 8
This really is a one of a kind building that will leave you speechless. Built between 1911 and 1913, it is the perfect example of eclectic architecture, since it incorporates a mixture of Gothic, Romantic and Liberty elements that create a new and original structure. You’ll also be able to go inside, and once you are in the courtyard you can to admire golden mosaics and Adolfo Wildt’s marble sculpture La Vittoria that celebrates the ending of World War I.
PINK ALERT: Flamingos in Villa Invernizzi – Via Cappuccini 7
Yes, in Milan you can admire flamingos not in a zoo but in the middle of the city! From the iron gates of this private residence you’ll be able to peek at pink flamingos bathing in the fountain and strolling around. The flamingos won’t fly away because their feathers are regularly trimmed and they have adapted into this new environment. In this perfect garden with roses and magnolia flowers they are extremely fond of their meals consisting of shrimps and mixed grains.
AMSTERDAM? “770” (House of the Rabbi) – Via Carlo Poerio 35
If you feel like you’ve already seen this building somewhere else you might not be wrong. It’s in fact one of the identical 16 “770” around the world. It’s a replica of the famous house in 770 Eastern Parkway in Brooklyn. The original 770 was built in New York during the 40s to give shelter to Yoseph Yitzchok, the leading rabbi of this Jewish community escaping from Nazi Germany, hence the name “House of the Rabbi”. With elements that resemble more Dutch architecture, this Neogothic structure really does stand out in the Liberty neighbourhood of the Milan.
TIME FOR A BREAK: PAVE’- Via Felice Casati, 27
This magic place is the perfect one for sweet or salty break. Pavè is not just one of the best bakery and pastry shop in town; it is also a comfortable place to eat, relax and enjoy the Milan local vibes. People meet here during breakfast time, lunch, merenda (the Italian break in the middle of the afternoon) and also for aperitivo (drink+nibble). Open from morning till 9 pm, it is a must if you are walking in the area.
These are only some of the hidden gems in of Milan, If you want more insight into the history and architecture of Milan in one of the most fascinating and less frenetic side of the city, join us in our free walking tour – Free Secret Milan Tour, availability on www.followmiaround.com