While strolling through Milan, you will be struck by the myriad facets of the city which blend one with the other to create a truly unique atmosphere. Take advantage of a walk along the Towpath of the Naviglio Grande to discover the quaint Vicolo dei Lavandai, renowned for its washhouse where, during the 1950s, Milanese washerwomen met to wash their clothes and purchase soap and brushes at the general store lying behind it.

Vicolo dei Lavandai

Furthermore, if you visit the Navigli on the last Sunday of the month, you will come across the picturesque Antiques Market, also held in Brera on the third Sunday of the month. Its stalls, selling an array of charming bric-a-brac, offer visitors a great opportunity to make small vintage purchases. Last, but not least, make sure that your voyage of discovery of olden day Milan ends in the Porta Venezia district, the city’s hub of Italian ‘Liberty’ architecture. On exiting the metro station, your gaze will be drawn to the imposing façade of Palazzo Castiglioni, decorated with bronze leaves and branches.
Palazzo Castiglioni

Located at number 49 of corso Venezia, it is considered one of the most famous masterpieces of Belle Epoque architecture. Cross the street to admire the late Liberty style decorations of Casa Berri-Meregalli in via Cappuccini 8: its harmonious blend of precious materials and asymmetrical decorative details makes it a vintage gem just waiting to be discovered. An unmissable landmark attraction to end your tour on a high note is Villa Invernizzi. Located at number 3 via Cappuccini, you will be fascinated by its gardens inhabited by pink flamingoes… a real treat that you shouldn’t miss!
[Photo credits for Palazo Castiglioni: Giovanni Dall’Orto]