Our next stop among the districts of Milan is ready!
The tour begins in an elegant building in Milan, a short walk from Piazza San Babila and the Duomo.
Santa Cecilia Deluxe Apartment, located in the namesake street, will welcome you in a comfortable environment, characterized by some vintage style details, to let you spend a holiday dedicated to know the iconic places and traditions of the historic centre of Milan.
Once settled the luggage at home, you can start your stay with a real Italian breakfast. The Bastianello pastry shop, in Via Borgogna 5, will pervade you with a rich scent of coffee and lots of sweet and salt proposals.
After a good coffee and a croissant, you’ll be ready to start your trip! In Via Mozart, not far from the square that gives its name to the San Babila district, you can visit one of the oldest and, at the same time, most famous villas in Milan: Villa Necchi Campiglio, a true architectural gem built in the early Thirties by the architect Piero Portaluppi.
Subsequently donated to the FAI (Italian Fund for the Environment), after some restoration work, it was finally opened to the public.
For those who want to visit it, the Villa preserves inside some refined furniture and precious materials, such as the precious marbles with which the two bathrooms were built, and has a wonderful garden with a swimming pool, a tennis court and large magnolia trees. The perfect home for the worldly lifestyle of the upper class of the time when it was built.
At the exit of Villa Necchi Campiglio, take Corso Venezia, (which is one of the four streets of the famous fashion district), to wander among upscale shops and chains of stores in search of the perfect outfit!
Finished the shopping, it’s time to relax and finally enjoy a good lunch! We want to take you to the Martini Bistro Dolce & Gabbana where, despite we are in Milan, you will taste Sicilian typical dishes (the native region of the two designers), in an atmosphere that perfectly evokes the pubs of the ‘50s.
After the lunch, we move into the art world, more precisely in Piazza dei Mercanti in the historic Palazzo della Ragione, now used as an exhibition space.
From 23 September to 13 November in the rooms of the Palazzo some photographs by Giovanni Gastel, the Italian and foreign icon of the photographic art, will be exhibited. The exhibition is divided into four sections, each dedicated to a decade of activity of the artist.
It ‘s almost evening and, as the Italian, but especially Milanese tradition, requires, an aperitif before dinner is a must! Sit at the historic bar Gin Rosa, located in the Galleria San Babila 4/b, where we suggest you to order the house aperitif: a gin-based cocktail with orange zest: a Milan tradition since 1820.
Now we leave you free to explore the neighborhoods and find other hidden corners and fascinating places in Milan.
See you in the next article!