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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 impressive collection of Old Masters, much of it ‘lifted’ from Venice by Napoleon. Rubens, Goya and Van Dyck all have a …
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 the edge of their teal-coloured velvet chairs in keen antici…
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…
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…
Osteria in Brera & Parco Sempione

Volemose Bene

Deliberately kitsch, rustic interiors – checked tablecloths, strings of garlic, straw flagons – a loud crush of diners and stunningly good Roman cooking are the ingredients of this restaurant, which lives up to its …
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 Gualtiero Panciroli serves up. Salt …
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…
Bar in Brera & Parco Sempione

Bulgari Hotel

Whether experienced inside beneath the giant botanical sculptures at the earth-toned bar or outside on the terrace overlooking the brilliantly green garden, the aperitivo scene here is an intense slice of Milan life…
Milanese in Brera & Parco Sempione

Ristorante Solferino

Salivary glands have worked overtime here for a century, thanks to hearty classics such as osso buco swathed in risotto, unexpected delights such as fish tortelloni, and an extensive vegetarian menu. Join Italian fi…