Get to know Milan
From Piazza Duomo to Brera, “the romantic”
Just a stone’s throw from the Duomo, the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele and the Teatro Alla Scala is the Brera district. It is a very elegant area with restaurants, cafés and venues that come alive, particularly in the evening. But romantic Brera also plays host to some extremely important art treasures. Let’s start with the Pinacoteca (Gallery), one of world’s most important museums for its prestigious collections of ancient and modern art. The imposing building in which it is housed also contains the Accademia di Belle Arti (Academy of Art), the Biblioteca Nazionale Braidense (National Library) and the Osservatorio Astronomico (Astronomical Observatory).
Just a short distance from the Pinacoteca we find the brocade façade of Palazzo Cusani, now the home of the Third Army Corps.
Another treasure waiting to be discovered is the church of San Marco (in the square of the same name) that houses an Antegnati organ dating from the end of the sixteenth century.
In Via Solferino, just a short distance from San Marco, stands the eclectic façade of the Corriere della Sera building, built in 1903-04 to house the editorial staff, the directors and the printing presses of the Milan based daily.
Not to be missed is a visit to the antiques and curios market held every third Sunday of the month in Via Fiori Chiari, Via Madonnina and Via Formentini.