The Brera district is one of the liveliest areas of the city, still maintaining a characteristic athmosphere that summons its past, when the district was inhabited by artists and bohemians. Its narrow cobbled streets host a number of interesting chic antique shops, galleries, restaurants and bars. The area is expanding rapidly and its neighbouring streets, including Corso Garibaldi and Corso Como, are home to several of the trendiest addresses in the city.

This is undeniably one of Milan’s most enchanting districts: maze of winding, cobbled streets, historic buildings and secluded gardens; the lingering presence of great writers, internationally renowned artists, and brilliant students; the rich atmosphere of the home to the Brera Pinacoteca and Academy, and other historic cultural institutions. Two jewels of gothic architecture stand nearby – the churches of Santa Maria del Carmine and San Marco. But the district also has an alluring outdoor quality that inspires you to stroll along its narrow streets, passing by many restaurants with outdoor seating, refined and unique fashion boutiques, antique shops, and stores specialized in the fine arts, discovering a host of delightful hidden corners. Via Brera is lined with elegant 18th-century noble palazzi.
Highlights include the masterpieces at the Pinacoteca, the historic Biblioteca Nazionale Braidense, the Astronomical Museum, and the Botanical Garden, an evocative green oasis in the heart of the city. Now, countless boutiques showcasing rare essences are springing up, transforming Brera into a ‘district of Artistic Perfumery’.

A journey through art
The city of Milan is enriched by an art circuit featuring the city’s three main museum hubs: the Pinacoteca di Brera, the Gallerie d’Italia in piazza della Scala and the civic complex consisting of Palazzo Reale and the Museo del Novecento.
An itinerary extending over 900 metres, that can be crossed on foot in just 15 minutes, from via Brera to piazzetta Reale, cutting through piazza Scala and the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, which hosts an extraordinary part of our country’s art history, thus making Milan a prestigious international art capital.

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