Benvenuti a Milano! Christina Broccolini makes her way back to her roots and takes you on a trip through one of Italy’s most dynamic and active cities. Milano is a city full of culture, energy, excitement and the modern Italian. There are plenty of hidden gems waiting to be discovered. Christina will take you through the streets of Milan, introduce you to its people, its traditions and cuisine.
This bite-size series will walk you through Milano’s most fashionable neighbourhoods, allow you to experience the thrill and excitement of San Siro stadium, give you a taste of local dishes and uncover the secrets of how things are done…alla Milanese.
The picturesque streets of Brera
Wandering through these streets, you will experience the beauty and charm of this bohemian neighborhood. It is no wonder it is the most exclusive and fashionable places to live in Milan. You will stumble upon art galleries, churches, restaurants and bars, but one of my very favorite places is La Pinacotheca. The building was originally a monastery built during the 14th-century. Today it is home to the Brera Gallery and Academy of Fine Arts. The Pinacotheca houses more than 1,500 paintings, including Caravaggio’s “Canestra di frutta” and the works of da Vinci’s students.
Luini’s is no secret to any true Milanese. An institution hidden in Milan’s city center. When you turn onto Via Santa Redegonda, you will have to elbow your way through an army of patrons who wait to bite into Luini’s house specialty - un Panzerotto! These delicious pocket of dough are originally from Puglia, but definitely one of Milan’s most recognizable treats. Christina will get behind the counter and find out what the is secret behind this delicacy!
Fashion and the Milanese
When in comes to shopping, Milan doesn’t disappoint. This city is renowned for high fashion. You can find Italian labels like Gucci, Prada, Missoni, La Perla and Dolce & Gabbana. For the best, head to Milan’s “Quadrilatero della moda”, the cities fashion district is made up of four streets - If the Milanese are known for one thing, it is their fashion sense.
Navigate through the Navigli
Until 1928 Milan had an inner circle of canals, or as they are called here, Navigli. The Navigli were artificial canals constructed throughout the city. These canals weren’t only fundamental means of communication, they were also used to transport goods into the city, including the marble from Candoglia that was used to build the Duomo
Rediscover the taste of tradition
Rediscover the taste of tradition: What started out as a deli in 1883 has turned into the most impressive and upscale food emporium in Milan. Where do the Milanese matriarchs do their shopping before hosting a special dinner? Benvenuto a Peck! With a butcher, bakery, gelato shop and a wine cellar with more than 3000 labels, this place is a must see.
Score at San Siro Stadium
Italians are known for being passionate. Sono molto appassionata! They treat everything with enthusiasm - food, fashion, wine ,cars. Let’s not forget about soccer. People here are incredibly loyal to their soccer teams, and nothing can be put on hold when there is a match.
Let’s meet for an aperitivo!
Aperitivo is a sacred in Milan. It is a nightly event that is celebrated in most bars around the city - it is a way of meeting up with friends, having a drink and enjoying some snacks before dinner. Once upon a time, it was simply a pre-dinner drink with a side of chips - and if you were lucky, some green olives.
Not just a bakery - an institution!
When it comes to traditions, this is where the Milanese come to get their Christmas Panettone or Easter Colomba. If you happen to be here around those times, you can’t leave without one of these goodies. Christina will give you a tour of Marchesi and walk you through the house specialties.