If you’ll be in Milan, from 18th To 23rd April 2023, visiting the Salone Del Mobile at Fiera Milano Rho you should also enjoy the city – Milan has a lot to offer – and that’s why we want to present a complete Milan city guide for Design Lovers!
TOP GALLERIES & MUSEUMS TO VISIT
GALLERIA CARLA SOZZANI
The gallery is located in a former industrial building, typical of Milanese architecture. Since its opening, Galleria Carla Sozzani has established itself as one of the most important photography galleries in Italy. Over 200 exhibitions have been shown in the presence of famous photographers, often presenting works that had never been shown in Italy before Helmut Newton, Annie Leibovitz, Bruce Weber, Bert Stern, Sarah Moon, Paolo Roversi, David Bailey, Hiro, David LaChapelle, amongst others.
PAC – PAC
PAC – PAC’s exhibitions are often a source of interest and debate in Milan because they highlight issues of great social importance (for example Regina José Galindo’s 2014 “Estoy Viva” show addressed the female condition, while the 2013 “Rise and Fall of Apartheid” exhibition gave insight into life before, during and after apartheid).
From 14 to 16 April 2023 miart, Milan‘s international modern and contemporary art fair returns. With 169 galleries from the 27th edition of the fair – directed for the third year by Nicola Ricciardi – strengthens the international representation and at the same time consolidates the link with the main Italian companies. Crescendo is the watchword of the edition, underlining the development seen over the previous two years and the desire to continue on an upward trajectory beyond 2023.
If you love art, design, and getting out of the city centre, you’ll love Hangar Bicocca. Housed in a converted industrial building in an up-and-coming area outside the city centre, Hangar Bicocca attracts artsy types with its cutting-edge exhibitions and workshops. This place is famous for its site-specific installations (similar to those at London’s Tate Modern) that over the years have included giant balloons and rooms set at -30 °C.
With constant efforts on the part of the municipal authorities to preserve the memory of the economic and social processes that have shaped the city’s identity, the Milan City Council took steps in 1990 to buy the old Ansaldo industrial plant at Porta Genova and use it for cultural services. The disused factories, authentic monuments of industrial archaeology, have been converted into studios, workshops, and new creative spaces.
LEONARDO DAVINCI SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY MUSEUM
After seeing the last supper of DaVinci at the Santa Maria Delle Grazie, you should visit the Museo Nazionale Della Scienza e Della Tecnologia Leonardo da Vinci where you can find more of his original drawings and numerous models of his scientific innovations. Moreover, it has interactive labs, a submarine exhibit, and a section devoted to science for young children.
MUSEO DEL NOVECENTO
The Museo del Novecento was established on 6 December 2010 with the goal of spreading knowledge of 20th-century art and offering a more comprehensive insight into the collections that the city of Milan has inherited over time. Besides its core exhibition activity, the Museum is active in the conservation, investigation, and promotion of 20th-century Italian cultural and artistic heritage with the final aim of reaching an ever wider audience.
See also: Milan City Guide For Design Lovers Part I
Italian gastronomy is an integral part of the Mediterranean diet, which, is itself, part of the intangible cultural Heritage of Humanity by Unesco. For the Italian population, cooking is an art of living that seduces and enchants. The Italians always want to use mainly fresh, seasonal and local products. The constant search for a gustatory balance that highlights the flavour of each food dominates Italian culinary recipes. Italian gastronomy, simple but tasty, is a culture that provides the heritage of each family.
THE TYPICAL MENU IN ITALY
FROM THE MODERN SPRAWL OF MILAN TO THE ROMANTIC RENAISSANCE VILLAGES, THERE IS LOMBARDY
Besides pristine alpine valleys and luxurious lakeside resorts, Italy’s richest region also happens to be one of its most diverse. Glamour and opulence are synonymous with Lombardy, whether that’s the grandiose villas that line Lake Garda and Lake Como, the haute couture of fashion capital Milan, or its illustrious arts and literary heritage. The region is a crossroads of tradition and modernity, and its skylines are a fascinating blend of old and new. Its cuisine is equally rich, with expensive spices, prime cuts of meat and aged cheeses bringing flair to risotto and polenta-based dishes. How is the appetite? If the desire is to bring a little slice of Lombardy home, dive deeper into this stunning region with the greatest Milanese-inspired recipes, traditional cocktails, regional wine guides and more.
As a spritz twist on Italy’s most iconic cocktail, the Negroni Sbagliato makes the perfect aperitif. The sharp bite of the bittersweet Campari & Vermouth combination is perfectly counterbalanced by the crisp, effervescent spumante. Coveted invites you to indulge in an authentic taste of Lombard cuisine with real limited-edition dishes from this powerful, yet charming region.
Large parts of Lombardy are covered by rice paddies, so risottos and other rice dishes are a staple. Creamy and rich in cheese, it is prepared with rice typical of northern areas, such as the Arborio, Carnaroli, and Vialone varieties, and cooked slowly in broth.
For centuries, polenta has been a staple dish in Lombard cuisine. Polenta is served in slices, even fried, to be brought to the table without seasoning, or as an accompaniment to various types of meat, with butter, soft cheeses, fish, or dishes that contain a lot of sauce.
Ossobuco is a Lombard speciality of cross-cut veal shanks braised with vegetables, white wine and broth. It’s often served alongside risotto alla Milanese, the rice dish with a golden hue due to saffron.
Panettone originated in Lombardy and is an iconic symbol of Christmas in Italy. This enriched bread – dotted with rum-soak dried fruit, citrus, and almonds – is easy to make at home with the time-saving tip of letting it rise overnight in the refrigerator.
Gorgonzola is one of the world´s oldest blue-veined cheeses and is named after the town from which it originates. It is exclusively made from cow’s milk and is versatile in its uses, adding zest to risottos, pastas or pizzas.
TORTELLI DI ZUCCA
Tortelli di zucca is pumpkin-stuffed pasta with crushed amaretti and candied fruits. Hailing from Lombardy, the pasta is also tossed in sage-infused butter before serving.
Lombardy produces Nebbiolo red wines in the Valtellina region. Nebbiolo wines are often distinctively perfumed with an aroma described as “tar and roses” along with a moderate body and fresh acidity.
Cotoletta alla Milanese is a flattened veal cutlet covered in egg and breadcrumbs and flash-fried in butter. It is one of the signature dishes of Milan, the style and design capital of Italy.