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Top Choice Gallery in Brera & Parco Sempione

Pinacoteca di Brera

Located upstairs from one of Italy’s most prestigious art schools, this gallery houses Milan’s collection of Old Masters, much of it ‘lifted’ from Venice by Napoleon. Rubens, Goya and Van Dyck all have a place, but …
Top Choice Gastronomy in Brera & Parco Sempione

Seta

Smooth as the silk after which it is named, Seta is Michelin-starred dining at its best: beautiful, inventive and full of flavour surprises. Diners sit on their teal-coloured velvet chairs in keen anticipation of An…
Top Choice Castle in Brera & Parco Sempione

Castello Sforzesco

Originally a Visconti fortress, this iconic red-brick castle was later home to the mighty Sforza dynasty, who ruled Renaissance Milan. The castle's defences were designed by the multitalented da Vinci; Napoleon late…
Top Choice Stationery in Brera & Parco Sempione

F. Pettinaroli

One of Milan’s most historic outfits (with a plaque to prove it), Pettinaroli has been furnishing the city’s best desks and purses since 1881 with luxe monogrammed stationery, leather-bound diaries and hand-stitched…
Top Choice Bar in Brera & Parco Sempione

Baladin Milano

At the end of super chic Via Solferino you’ll find this lovely gastropub where Piedmontese brewer Teo Musso serves his line of Baladin craft beers alongside a menu of Fassone beef burgers and sweet paprika chips. Th…
Park in Brera & Parco Sempione

Parco Sempione

Situated behind Castello Sforzesco, Parco Sempione was once the preserve of hunting Sforza dukes. Then Napoleon came to town and set about landscaping. First the French carved out orchards; next they mooted the idea…
Museum in Brera & Parco Sempione

Triennale di Milano

Italy’s first Triennale took place in 1923 in Monza. It aimed to promote Italian design and applied arts, and its success led to the construction of Giovanni Muzio’s Palazzo d’Arte in Milan in 1933. Since then, this…
Books in Brera & Parco Sempione

Libreria Galleria Demetra

Bibliophile Andrea Oioli’s beautiful book gallery is full of antiquarian treasures, collectable 20th-century editions and graphic artworks. Here, books aren’t simply conveyors of information, but art objects in thei…
Cocktail Bar in Brera & Parco Sempione

Dry

The brainchild of Michelin-starred chef Andrea Berton, Dry pairs its cocktails with gourmet pizzas. The inventive cocktail list includes the Corpse Reviver (London Dry gin, cointreau, Cocchi Americano and lemon juic…
Osteria in Brera & Parco Sempione

Rovello 18

Take heart from the dresser stacked with venerable bottles of Barolo as you enter this unpretentious osteria (tavern). It’s an indication of the smart, unfussy, quality food that Michele de Liguoro serves up. Fried …