Brera and the Navigli  are two of the most picturesque districts in old Milan. If this is where you’re headed, then make sure to wear ‘flatties’, their cobbled streets were not originally designed for heels! Since time immemorial, Brera has been associated with the artistic heart of the city. In fact, as you walk through this historic district you will be struck by its almost surreal atmosphere, a treasure trove of small artists’ workshops, quaint shops selling canvases and paints, antique shops and the imposing Academy of Fine Arts. Highlights include the masterpieces at the Pinacoteca, the historic Biblioteca Nazionale Braidense, the Astronomical Museum, the oldest institute of scientific research in the city, and the Botanical Gardens, an evocative green oasis in the heart of the city.